Joh 6:41 This was why the Jews started grumbling about him — because he said, “I am the bread that came down from the sky.”
Joh 6:42 This is what they said, “This is not Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from the sky’?”
Joh 6:43 Jesus answered them, “Stop grumbling among yourselves.
Joh 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me extricates him, and I will raise him up on the last day.
Joh 6:45 It is written in the Prophets: And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father comes to me–
Joh 6:46 not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God. He has seen the Father.
Joh 6:47 “Truly I tell you, anyone who believes has permanent life.
The Greek word ἓλκω (helko) in verse 44 is often translated “draw,” so I always thought of it as some kind of force from God attracting those who would believe. But the word has a more interesting history. It is the word used for extricating or extracting a sword from its sheath.
What is this power that extracts people from their antagonism to Jesus? It is being taught by God. The ones who listen to the Father’s word, and learn from him, believe who Jesus really is, and are promised permanent life.
LORD, extricate us, and teach us how to believe in your Son.