Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” John 6:27
The words of Jesus in this passage seem foolish, crazy, and unintelligible to those who are clever and educated. The Jewish people must have thought of Christ as senseless, crazy, and foolish.
How did it look? How did is sound? This poor, simple man comes on the scene and tells intelligent people that he can give them food that will endure forever. He sounds like a charlatan in the marketplace who tells the crowd he is selling a cure-all that will prevent illness, gunshots, wounds, and even death. Everyone would laugh at his claim. Here Christ, a beggar, who doesn’t own a square foot of land, is talking about giving away eternal food. If a great king had claimed this, the people might have considered it. But Christ is saying, “I can do what no one in the entire world can do. I will give you a new kind of food that will endure forever.” Even I would have said, “Where did this fool come from? Have you ever heard a greater fool in your life? A beggar who doesn’t have a penny will give us more than all the powerful rulers on the earth. He wants to give us eternal riches, and yet he doesn’t own anything himself.”
These words of Christ require faith. So this message is aimed only at believers. The world doesn’t understand these words, for it doesn’t know anything about this type of food. Christians, those whoa re familiar with God’s Word and are convinced of its truth, know Christ through faith alone. They remain loyal to Christ. They believe he is the one on whom “God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
The Ninety-Five Theses is a text that everyone knows, most refer to, but few actually read, writes Stephen Nichols. Nevertheless, it is such a crucial text that it deserves to be read widely. Toward that end, Nichols has prepared this edition with an illuminating introduction, explanatory notes, and several illustrations. Martin Luther has left a legacy that continues to enrich the church through his writings. . ., writes Nichols. All of this may be traced back to the last day in October 1517 and the nailing of the Ninety-Five Theses to the church door.