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Teaching techniques | John 6:47-51

47 Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down out of heaven, so that anyone may eat from it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats from this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I will give for the life of the world also is My flesh.” 

John 6:47-51 (NASB)

Review: Believers have life

Any teacher knows one of the best teaching techniques is repetition. Not just simple repetition but repeating the same teaching in a different context, or in the negative, or with a slight change, etc. Jesus is repeating his teaching here. And the main point is? Those who believe Jesus is the Christ have eternal life. Starting in verse 48, he repeats the “how” of having eternal life which will be fully developed in subsequent verses. Jesus is the living bread that brings eternal life.

Physical vs Spiritual

Same challenge – how to get these people to move from thinking only about the physical/material to the spiritual? Jesus re-uses the example the people first raised – manna in the wilderness. Those who ate that God-given, miraculously provided, gift of grace bread still died. But, this new bread, this true bread from Heaven, provides eternal life; those who eat it will never die. Hold onto that promise!

Transition to Strange

Jesus is firming up the foundation about being the bread of life, eternal life, that comes from Heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever. In verse 51 He starts what his audience (and us) think is a pretty strange idea: the bread which he gives is His flesh…which He instructs us to eat. 

Another teaching technique is to use one concept that the student understands to introduce and explain another. Jesus does this often. He will do it again in the next section. There He’ll also tell us to drink His blood. As we study this, just remember that Jesus leverages this technique – here, using the physical to communicate about the spiritual.

<- Reflection ->
  • Are you ready to be Jesus’ student? This next section trips up many people. The Catholic even church builds their whole understanding of communion on this. Humbly ask Him to teach you.
  • Hold onto the repeated promise that those who believe in Jesus will never die, have eternal life, and will be raised up at the last day.
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