But His answer seems so detached from the conversation. What does He mean? Why does He answer this way? Keep the context: they think they know His Father. They also think they have access to God through the priests and the temple. They think eternal life comes from Jewishness and Jewish practices. But Jesus refuses them all this. He is the Bread of Life; it’s not about manna. He is the great High Priest; it’s not about Aaron. He is the access to God; it’s not about a building. Go back and read verses 36-39:
But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
See how it’s all tied together? Life cannot be separated from the Son and the Son cannot be separated from the Father…the Father “
which has sent
” the Son! Imagine how it makes the Jews reel to be told that no man can come. He actually says, “No man has power” to come to God. No man is able to come to Him. To “draw” means to hoist or pull. It’s literally that men cannot get to God. Life does not come through keeping the Law! The only way to the Father is through the Son and the only way to the Son is through the Father. This is why He says what’s next:
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. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the L
that hath mercy on thee.
O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
And all thy children shall be