Our scripture this morning is John 6:43-51.

“Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

Jesus reminds those gathered that earthly things will never bring us to eternal life. Only a relationship to God through Jesus can save us. He shares Himself with all who believe and promises “I will raise them up at the last day” (v. 44).

Jesus teaches us “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). It is essential that we make Him part of our lives, as much as air, food, and water. Our bodies can’t live without these, and our souls can’t live eternally without Jesus.

When He is part of all we do, we don’t need to fear death because we have the New Covenant of forgiveness through His sacrifice for us. He died and rose again to prove God’s power and love. Jesus lives in us and we live to carry out the task He set for us: to make disciples of all the world.

Heavenly Father, we are grateful for the blessing of having Jesus in our lives. Help us to be strong in our faith and carry Your love to everyone. Amen.

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