37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live for ever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
I am going to see a neurologist today and I am a bit afraid. My vision has been off for a couple of weeks and my head feels thick. Today I felt really disoriented at times. I think that I managed to have sensible conversations with a local school, but as I go out to the doctor in the suburbs, I wonder what they will find. Am I okay?
The truth is that I am always okay and I have been reminding myself of this as the day progresses. This body fails and even my mind might fail, but the bread of life does not fail me. I have the eternal hope of living forever, and through the death and the resurrection of Jesus he is with me to give me a quality of life which is free from isolation and loneliness now and in eternity all things are made new.
When we feel anxious or hard-pressed, help us to remember that you are always with us. Help us to look to the future hope with the assurance that no matter what occurs you are faithful and our future is secured.
- Why do the Jews grumble?
- How does Jesus respond?
- What hope does Jesus bring?
- In what way is your hope challenged?
- In what way will you move forward?