“Grant Us Life” (Psalm 119: 37, NEB) by Carley Evans

“Grant me life by Your Word.”

Jesus says, “You do not come looking for Me because you see signs, but because you eat the bread and your hunger is satisfied. You must work, not for this perishable food, but for the food that lasts, the food of eternal life. This food the Son of Man gives you, for He it is upon whom God the Father sets the seal of His authority.” (John 6: 26 – 28)

“My Father,” says Jesus, “gives you the real bread from heaven. The bread that God gives comes down from heaven and brings life to the world.” (John 6: 32 – 34)

Jesus claims again that He is “the bread of life,” telling us that “whoever comes to Me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in Me shall never be thirsty.” (John 6: 35 – 36)

He then tells us that “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood you can have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood possesses eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. My flesh is real food; my blood is real drink.” (John 6: 53 – 55)

Some who find this shocking say “this is more than we can stomach.” (John 6: 60)

Jesus replies, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” (John 6: 65)

“Come Out Of The Dark” (John 8: 12, ESV) by Carley Evans

Jesus tells us He is the bread of life and that as we believe in Him, so we will live eternally, raised up with and by Him on the last day. He also tells us that as we “follow [Him], [we] will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

“Come, follow Me,” Jesus says to His disciples. We believe and we follow.

In darkness, it’s hard to see. True, eventually, the eyes adjust and sight is easier. But what is seen is vague and the truth is not easily perceived. In light, all is visible. Everything is clear.

Life is hard enough as it is; why walk through it in the dark?

“Nothing Lost Of All That Is Given Him” (John 6: 35, ESV) by Carley Evans

Do you know you don’t have to go hungry? Do you know you don’t have to feel thirst? Your stomach may be empty, your tongue may be parched; but you don’t need to feel like you are dehydrated and starving. You won’t thirst or starve for attention, peace, love, success, fulfillment, or joy once you have come to fully believe and trust in Jesus.

As a matter of fact, Jesus says, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me. 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.” (John 6: 38 – 39)

God isn’t going to lose you. He is going to raise you up on the last day. Jesus says, “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.” (John 6: 40)

In order to gain this gift of eternal life, we need only believe on the Son of God, Jesus Christ. How do we believe? Jesus tells us, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6: 44)

Jesus repeats Himself, saying three times that He will raise us up on the last day. A fourth and even a fifth time, He tells us, “Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” (John 6: 51, 58) And this after Jesus calls Himself the bread of life; and says that we will “live because of [Him].” (John 6: 57) He also says that “whoever believes has eternal life.” (John 6: 47)

Those whom God has drawn to Jesus, Jesus will not lose. He will keep us; and raise us up on the last day, just as He promises. For God can not lie.