John 6:41-47 “The drawing of the Father”

(John 6:41 KJV)  The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.


            My translation of this verse: Therefore the Jews murmured (peri) about Him because He said “I am the bread, the one which came down from heaven.”

Murmur means: to complain in a low tone or in private.

These Jews had come to Jesus from across the Sea of Galilee.  They had gone to a whole lot of trouble to find Him.  Jesus had pointed out to them that they had been seeking Him for the wrong reason.  They did not want a savior they wanted a king. 

            Murmuring is rude behavior.  Instead of complaining in a low tone about someone you should simply address them to their face and tell them you complaint.  It is God’s rule for us to go to a brother alone when he has offended us and confront him that between the two of you the problem may be resolved.  It is totally inappropriate for you to complain to others about someone else.  If these men had a problem with what Jesus had said they should have voiced it openly and directly to Jesus.

            The thing that has offended them is Jesus claim that He is God.  This claim has caused many in this world to stumble.  Many refuse to believe that Jesus is God.  They claim Him to be only a prophet of God or perhaps just a notable philosopher.  If Jesus is God, and He is, then the majority of today’s religions are completely false.  Grouped together Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonism, Islamism, Christian Scientism, and Jehovah’s witnesses are by population the largest religious groups in the world.  All of these are to be properly labeled false religion for they do not accept Jesus Christ as God in human flesh.  These men who are murmuring against Jesus also fall into this same group.  All those who deny that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God and God dwelling in human flesh are false religions. 

            Refusing to accept Jesus as the bread from heaven which is to refuse to accept Him as the only savior of the world is a dangerous action.  There is not salvation in any other for there is none other name given among men where by we must be saved. 


(John 6:42)  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?

            The problem these men have is a lack of faith.  Without faith it is impossible to please God for those that would come to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  It seems odd that men could see the works of Jesus and not believe that He is God.  Nicodemus had seen the works of Jesus and concluded that He must have come from God.  Jesus proceeded to help him by showing him how to be saved.  Unlike these people Nicodemus believed.  He had to set aside his desire to see proof and to have something he could touch and feel as evidence.  He had to trust in God.  When he believed God, just like with Abraham, God counted it to him for righteousness.  In other words God gave Nicodemus the righteousness of Jesus Christ the moment He believed.


(John 6:43)  Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.

            Jesus rebukes these men for their actions.  They should not murmur.  They need to take their concern to Jesus.  These men lack faith.  The evidence is abundant and clear that Jesus is the Christ of God.  The prophets had foretold that He would be called Emanuel which means “God with us.”  David knew that the Christ would be God in human flesh for he, in spirit, called Him Lord.

            My daughter one time came to me with a question.  She placed a piece of paper on the coffee table and she asked me to watch the paper.  She bowed her head for a moment of silent prayer.  She said “I asked the Lord to move that piece of paper and it did not move.  I believe that He can do this but why did He not move the paper?  Did God need that paper to move? I asked.  Is it not enough that you know that He can move that paper if it would further His cause?  I reached down and moved the paper.  I said: “There the paper moved.  Your request has been granted and your prayer has been answered.”  My daughter wanted sight not faith.  There are many today who want a religion of sight.  They want to see or feel something tangible before they will believe.  If you are going to please God you will have to come to Him through faith.  Miracles can be reasoned away.  Miracles are deniable.  Men are saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.


(John 6:44)  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.

Draw = 1. to cause to move in a particular direction by or as if by a pulling force; pull; drag(often fol. by along, away, in, out, or off). 3. to bring toward oneself or itself, as by inherent force; attract: The sale drew large crowds.

            The drawing of the Father is vital to salvation.  No man can come to me Jesus said.  The Father takes the word and sends His Holy Spirit to the lost sinner and shows him his lost condition.  He tells him of the consequences of his sin and paints a picture of hell and damnation so real that fear and sorrow for sin floods the soul.  He then tells him of a heaven so wonderful and pardon so freely available to all who will repent and believe.  The draw is that of leaving ones guilt of sin behind and receiving pardon and forgiveness.  This draw or attraction comes only to those who will believe.  Without faith they will dismiss this wonderful truth as a lie.  Without faith they will deny their guilt of sin and refuse to accept the truth of the consequences of their sin.

            The draw or attraction is so profound to think that we may go from condemned, unclean sinners who deserve the fires of Hell to a pure, sanctified and holy people who will be raised up and changed into incorruptible saints of God.  The difference between those who are drawn and those who are not is faith.

(1 John 5:10)  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.



(John 6:45)  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.

They are Taught of God the Father through the scriptures and taught of God the Son by Jesus Himself.  Jesus refers to scripture here in this text.


(Isaiah 54:13)  And all thy children [shall be] taught of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children.

The Prophet Isaiah foretold that God would come in the flesh and teach the people.  Jesus is God and thus fulfils this prophecy.  These people should have and could have known the scriptures.  God did not surprise them with His coming in the flesh.  He had told them in the scriptures that He Himself would come.  There is no excuse for these men not to know that God was coming to teach them.  Every man that has heard with and ear of faith and has learned about the Father and His plan for the salvation of men will come to Jesus and accept Him as savior.  The implication of this statement is that these men had not heard nor had they learned the scriptures true meaning for they would not accept Jesus and would turn away and follow Him no more.


 (John 6:46)  Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.

            Jesus clarifies what is meant here by the phrase “taught of God.”  It does not mean that God the Father Himself has appeared unto men and taught them.  Jesus is the only one who has seen the Father.   The Father has taught men through His prophets and will teaches men through His Son.  God does not appear to the eyes of men in order for them to believe.  Sight is the opposite of faith.  God the Father has placed before men ample proof of who He is and He has given men precious promises in which they can trust and depend.


(John 6:47)  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

            Here is the drawing of the Father.  In exchange for your repentance and willingness to trust in Jesus Christ as your savior you receive everlasting life.  Men generally fear death.  Death is fearful and men cling to life because the do not want to die.  If man could find the fountain of youth and live forever they certainly would.  Jesus here promises everlasting life to those who believe.  It must be emphasized that God requires faith.  You will have to believe in order to receive.  Believe that you are a sinner.  Believe that you are condemned to eternal punishment and separation from God.  Believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins and that He can and will save you if you will ask from your heart Him to forgive you and have mercy on your soul.



The person who is saved is,

1.  drawn by the Father;

2.  hears his instructions;

3.  accepts the salvation offered;

4.  is given to Christ Jesus, that he may be justified by faith;

5.  is nourished by the bread of life;

6.  perseveres in the faith;

7.  is not lost, but is raised up at the last day; and

8.  is made a partaker of eternal life.