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The True Bread
From Heaven
John 6:28-40

Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work
the works of God?

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God,
that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then,
that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Our
fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave
them bread from heaven to eat.

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses
gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you
the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which
cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that
cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me
shall never thirst.

But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that
cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from
heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent
me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all
which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise
it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent
me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him,
may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last
day.  (KJV)
Having spoken unto the people about the bread which did not perish, they now desire to know
what to do, that they might do things pleasing to God. Or, in other words, how they might obtain the
bread which does not perish.

Jesus gave them a direct answer: This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath
sent. Believe on the One whom God has sealed. Believe on Jesus. This is the work that God
requires under the New Testament. For those who say there are no works that are required of us
by the New Law, belief in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God is called a work by Jesus.

(Ephesians 2:4-10) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are
saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ
Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his
kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that
we should walk in them. (KJV

What Paul speaks of when he says says not of works, lest any man should boast, are the works of
the Law. He does not negate the works of the New Testament. He is showing that without Jesus
and the blood of the New Testament, there is no hope. No obedience to the Old Testament and its
laws, judgments, commands and ordinances will make anyone acceptable to God – that only
occurs in and through Jesus.

(John 14:6-7) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from
henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.  (KJV)

(John 14:15) If ye love me, keep my commandments.  (KJV)

(John 14:21) He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and
he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to
him.  (KJV)

(1 John 2:3-6) And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He
that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that
we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he
walked.  (KJV)

(1 John 5:1-4) Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that
loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the
children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God,
that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever
is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even
our faith.  (KJV

They responded by asking Jesus for a sign that they might believe Him. What would He do to
impress upon them who He was? After all, their fathers ate of the manna in the wilderness
provided by Moses.

Oh, the eyes which will not see! How many miracles did Jesus need to do to convince them. He
had turned the water to wine in Cana, He had made the lame to walk, He had healed those with
disease, He walked on the water, stilled the wind, and calmed the water. Now the people wish to
see a work from Him that they might believe.

(1 Corinthians 1:17-29) For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with
wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. {words: or, speech}
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved
it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to
nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is
the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that
in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of
preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after
wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks
foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God,
and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness
of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men
after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish
things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to
confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are
despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
That no flesh should glory in his presence.  (KJV)

Jesus corrected their misconception about the bread from heaven – it was provided by God rather
than by Moses, the same sourceas the true bread from Heaven. God provided Jesus for the Jews.
They wished that Jesus would give them this everlasting bread.

Jesus spoke to them plainly, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and
he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

This is, in essence, the same thing Jesus told the woman at the well in Samaria.

(Matthew 5:6) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall
be filled.  (KJV)

They asked for a sign, but they had seen Jesus and the miracles which He performed. They had
seen Jesus, they had heard His teaching, and they had seen Jesus perform miracles. The
problem was a faith problem.

All those who are given to Him by God, Jesus will not cast out. His purpose in this life is to do the
will of the Father. Those who are His will be kept until the last day.

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on
him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.  (KJV)

It is the Father’s will, that men may have everlasting life in the Son.