In John 6:44, did the disciples leave because God the Father chose to not “draw” them to Jesus?

Verse 44 – “No one can “come to me” unless the Father who sent me “draw” him, and I will raise him on the last day.” Some claim, the Father chose to not “draw” the disciples to his Son and that is the reason why many disciples left.

Jesus defined “draw” right after verse 44!

Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. 45

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 47

You have to believe to be saved

The Bread of Life Discourse defines “one mandatory requirement” in order to be drawn by the Father and obtain eternal life, and that requirement is to believe in what you have listened and learned from God. 45,47

Before discourse, the disciples believed in Jesus

A “Disciple of Christ” in the Holy Bible is a believer and follower of Jesus.

Jesus commanded his disciples to renounce their possessions, deny themselves, pick up their cross daily and follow him.

Many disciples gave up their lives to follow Jesus. Some had followed the Lord for months and years. Imagine you giving up your life to “literally” follow another person for weeks, months or years! 

New Teachings

Prior to the discourse, Jesus never referred to himself as bread. Difficult and disturbing new teachings took place that shook the faith of many disciples. The disciples never heard Jesus speak this way before. He wants us to eat his flesh and drink his blood, and somehow bread becomes his flesh? 48-58

Four times scripture reveals lack of faith in the new teachings:

1. How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 52

2. This saying is hard; who can accept it? 60 – The word “believe” means to “accept” as true; feel sure of the truth of.

3. Jesus said, “but there are some of you who do not believe.” 64

4. As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. 66

Some believe verse 65 supports the theory that God the Father chose to not draw the disciples to his son?

Verse 65 And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

When Jesus said “for this reason” in verse 65, what is the reason? In his “own words,” Jesus defined the “reason” in the previous verse (64). These verses are connected.

Reason: “But there are some of you who do not believe.” “For this reason…”

When does the Father grant eternal life and draw people to his son? See below…

If you “believe” in what you have listened and learned, Jesus will not reject or lose you

God is “all knowing;” omniscient. Jesus knew that many disciples would leave him that day. So, before the new teachings, Jesus explained to the “crowd” of non-believers that he would not reject or lose anyone that comes to him unless they were not granted by his Father’s will. 37-39.

Jesus then explained the Father’s will in verse 40:

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and “believes” in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.

If Jesus lost or rejected a disciple that “believed in him,” he would not have obeyed the Father’s will. 

And Jesus would have lied.

To believe is “not” a one time deal, as scripture proves. To read about supernatural vs. natural faith, click here.

The New American Bible, Revised Edition