John chapter 6 is full of the reality of the majesty and wonders of Jesus. It begins with Jesus performing many miracles and signs, such as feeding 5,000 men, not including the women and children, with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Because of the reaction of the people wanting to make him a King after seeing this miracle, Jesus secluded himself to a mountain by himself. He didn’t need the approval of people to be created into a king, because He knew He was already the true King of Kings-given authority by God, not man. Jesus then appears on the scene when his disciples are facing a severe storm in verses 16-21. He calms the raging seas and makes all things right. As the people, great in number, follow him, the following verses transition into a presentation and clear picture of what salvation really is. Jesus says “you must eat of my flesh and drink of my blood”. The people didn’t care to sacrifice anything, they just longed for the benefits to knowing Jesus that would please them alone. These Jews responded in a selfish and doubtful way. Jesus presented them with a two part action that takes place regarding salvation. Verse 37 says, “All that the Father has given me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will not cast out.” Verse 44 also says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” The Jews did nothing but grumble at this, because they knew they were not in control. The sovereignty of God is coming into play here, which requires all letting go of human control, and all clinging to Gods plan and doing. As Jesus says these things at the end of the chapter in the synagogue in Capernaum, verse 59-71, He knew the hearts of those listening. He knew who was about to walk out on Him, and who would stay. Jesus was well aware of what was at stake, but He also knew what it would take to produce and have true followers that accept and love the sacrifice. Because of this truth of the gospel, He lost some people, but also gained 12 true disciples, who would walk with Him.
Is this truth of the gospel pleasing to us? Are we willing to “eat of his flesh and drink of his blood”? We must partake in every part of who Christ is in order to experience Him to the fullest, not just the parts that could work for our benefit, such as blessings and miracles. It is when we abandon our hearts completely to what this gospel is in its entirety, that we begin to experience his blessings and miracles, but it’s a constant sacrifice and surrender. Swallowing the truth is well worth it, but we must rely on the Holy Spirit to abide in these things. It is then that we will begin to walk with Him as the twelve did, experiencing a rich-abundant life serving Jesus.