In John 6:44, did the disciples leave because God the Father did 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 disciples left Jesus because the Father did not “draw” them to his Son.
Jesus defines the word “draw” in the very next verse:
- What is the definition of “draw?” Jesus explained this in the very next verse. He said, “Everyone who “listens” to my Father and “learns” from him “comes to me.” (45)
- You most definitely had to listen and learn from the Father and had “come to Jesus” to be called a “disciple of Christ” in the Holy Bible. John 14:9-10
- Does listening and learning (draw) guarantee the disciples would be raised on the last day? No, BELIEVING in what you have listened and learned is the requirement! John 6:47
- Furthermore, if the real reason the disciples left Jesus was because they were not drawn by the Father, not by lack of faith, then this would prove that believing in Jesus does not guarantee eternal salvation, and that our loving God may reject faithful obedient disciples of Christ.
The disciples drawn by the Father “still” had to BELIEVE in order to be saved:
- Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. John 6:47
- Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:18
The disciples were drawn by the Father BUT stopped believing:
- The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 52
- Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” 60
- Jesus said, “but there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. 64
- As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. 66