Jn.6:33 – It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
This is actually how Jesus draws people to Himself, it is with the power of His words. No one has ever spoken like this man, Jesus of Nazareth. His words are permeated with life itself. Everyone who hears His words are drawn to Him. They become the sweetest of all treasures. In this scenario Jesus had been talking about eating His body and drinking His blood. To those who can’t hear, these words are some of the most offensive of all. He sounded like a madman or something worse. To those being drawn to Him, these were the sweetest of all words. Life itself is found in feasting on Christ, the Bread from heaven. This is where our lives begin. Here are some thoughts on this verse from the Tyndale Commentary.
“Addressing again the disciples who stumbled over his words, Jesus said, The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. Jesus is saying to the disciples that in and of themselves, as people of the flesh, they can never experience eternal life. Only the Spirit (of God) can give life. He then indicated the way the Spirit normally mediates life to people: The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. It is because Jesus had been endowed with the Spirit ‘without limit’ that he could speak the words of God, and these words mediated eternal life to those who believed. There is no-one else whose words have this power. It is worth noting that one cannot believe in Jesus without believing his words.”
This was the pivotal moment in the ministry of Jesus. The day before many of these same people He was speaking to had eaten the bread and the fish, one of the greatest miracles in Jesus ministry. Now they are choking over His words of explanation. Rather than words of life they have become words of offense. They had tried to make Him a king not realizing that His kingdom was not of this world. They were stuck on food to fill their bellies rather than food to satisfy their soul. Have you tasted the sweetness of His words? They are Spirit and Life and the only path to knowing Him.