As the disciples were still in the upper room, Jesus gave the first reference of the rapture. There are places that are being prepared for believers and Jesus is going there. In John 14:5, “Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?’” Jesus claims to be the ‘the way’ in the next verse. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” One has to come through Jesus to get to God; He is the only way. “As ‘the truth’, Jesus is the word of the Father addressed to men.’…God’s redemptive truth has its ultimate realization in and through the Person of Christ. Truth is found in Jesus.”1 Jesus also claimed to be ‘the life’. Being God, He has the power to give life; physical and eternal.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
1. J. Carl Laney, Moody Gospel John Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1992), 256.
After the feeding of the five thousand (John 6), the crowds were going to try to make Jesus their king (v. 15). Jesus withdrew to a mountain and the disciples headed toward Capernaum. Jesus went to the boat later that night walking on the water (v. 19). Once in Capernaum, the crowd that followed was there at the feeding of the five thousand; they were seeking Jesus for more physical food. Jesus tells them that they should be seeking the spiritual food that comes down from God and gives eternal life. The crowd also wanted to know what kind of work they were supposes to do to get eternal life. “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.’ (v. 29)” The only work they had to do was believe.
The crowds begin to boast how their fathers ate the manna the Moses provided. Jesus corrects them by reminding them that His Father was the one who provided the manna (v. 32). The true bread is the bread that comes down from heaven. Jesus now makes his first “I am” statement in John 6:35. He calls himself the “bread of life” who came down from heaven to do the Father’s will. Jesus said in verse forty, “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” The Jews grumbled about this statement because Jesus was claiming to come down from heaven. Also, Jesus was clearly claiming to have a unique relationship with God and claiming to have attributes of God by raising people up on the last day (v. 40).
The only access to God is through believing in Jesus and by doing this you will receive eternal life. Christ is the spiritual food that nourishes the soul like regular food is for the physical body. Jesus is the only bread that can satisfy your soul. Whenever you try to satisfy your soul with anything except Christ, it will leave you feeling empty and unsatisfied.