The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven, “and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Stop murmuring among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets: They shall all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
While Jesus’ earthly Ministry lasted just three years, it was an Eternity in the making. Our Father Who created the universe (and everything in it) had a plan from the beginning. He knew that we would fail in the Garden of Eden. He knew Cain would kill Abel. He knew that the Jews would persecute several of His Messengers through the ages. And, ultimately, He knew that He would have to send His Son, Jesus, to save us from ourselves. Jesus is clear that we cannot approach Him without being drawn to Him by the Father. Many times, we find it all too convenient in just knowing the Father by only getting to know Jesus. By so doing, we learn about the Father, but God wants all of us. He demands and expects more from us; so much “more” than we could ever imagine. By letting Him lead our lives under His authority, we can truly become the Saints and Kings that God calls us to be. Knowing Jesus is critical; as is knowing the Father and the Holy Spirit. God’s love for us is so infinitely bigger than our earthly minds can comprehend. He created us and wants all of us to come back to Him through perseverance, patience, endurance, hope, and love. He made all of us and this world, so He knows what’s best for us – even when we don’t understand it. We need to get to know our Father as best as we can. And, simply-put, we are then to listen, trust, and obey our Good, Good Father. After all, He does know best.