Ms 77, 1906

1906

Ms 77, 1906

Christ, the Bread of Life

NP

September 28, 1906 [typed]

Portions of this manuscript are published in 1NL 41-42.

“The Jews then murmured at Him, because He said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He saith, I came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save He which is of God, He hath seen the Father. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. Ms77-1906.1

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us His flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh” (character) “is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him.” [John 6:41-56.] “He that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us.” [1 John 3:24.] Ms77-1906.2

“As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father, so he that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live forever. These things said He in the synagogue, as He taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of His disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who shall hear it? Ms77-1906.3

“When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples murmured at it, He said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where He was before? It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” [John 6:57-63.] Ms77-1906.4

“But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray Him, and He said, Therefore said I unto you, That no man can come unto Me, except it were given him of My Father. From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.” [Verses 64-66.] Ms77-1906.5

Here was a crisis. The questioning, unbelieving ones were the ones who were always on the doubting side, seeking to bring in objections to the faith. Every time they did this, they were strengthening their faculties for urging objections. Instead, they should have been convinced by the truth. If they could pick up any theory about which they could question and doubt, they would do this. Ms77-1906.6

We can see the wisdom of Jesus in bearing for so long with these disciples, who were really unconverted in heart and mind and soul. His plain specifications of the truth brought the crisis while He was yet with the disciples. Otherwise they would not have discerned the meaning of the apostasy. Ms77-1906.7

“Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” [Verses 67-69.] Ms77-1906.8

“Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray Him, being one of the twelve.” [Verses 70, 71.] Ms77-1906.9