Today we conclude our series, Jesus and Our Daily Bread. “But Pastor, that just isn’t the way I see it! I think…” What pastor hasn’t heard that a thousand times from the outsider? It is the natural response to every doctrine in the Bible and most importantly, with the chief doctrines of the Bible. Jesus knows that very well. He even delights in it. And so he tells us things in his Word that by ourselves we would never believe. Are the beautiful truths of the gospel, not least those taught by Jesus in John 6, easy for us to grasp? Not at all! In fact for the natural man and his fallen reason they are impossible. But the gospel is not just one religious tradition among many; it is the only truth that gives life and salvation.
For four Sundays, we have spent our time in the Gospel of St. John, chapter 6. In this chapter, Jesus has shown and taught us that he is “the bread of life.” We have seen the way he provides for our physical needs and heard how he provides for our spiritual needs. Last week we saw how we must fight against putting the needs and wants of this world first. Finally, this week we will see how the message of the Gospel, despite being hard to believe, is the only way to eternal life.