The Bread of Life: Dec. 19
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And rI will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” John 6:35-51
After they were rescued from Egypt, the people of Israel immediately faced the threat of starvation in the wilderness. Sadly, rather than trust the God who had just conquered Egypt and parted the Red Sea, they began to complain and question His ability to provide food.
Yet God was merciful to them.
He provided manna from heaven every day for 40 years as they wandered in the wilderness. Their survival depended every day on God’s provision. This was the Biblical background when Jesus miraculously provided loaves for the multitude of people listening to His teaching in John 6. So when He announces that He is the bread of life, He is doing more than using a spontaneous metaphor. Jesus is saying that in the same way that God provided bread in the wilderness and bread on the hillside to meet their physical need, God had provided a spiritual Bread to meet their spiritual need.
In the same way that the manna in the wilderness was the salvation of the people, Jesus is God’s spiritual salvation for His people.
In the same way that bread was the source of their physical life—so Jesus body would be the source of their spiritual life.
They would depend completely, every moment, on Jesus to save them from spiritual devastation. And in dying, His body would provide what their souls needed to live. Jesus is the Bread of Life because He offered His body in death in our place, and He offered Himself as our source of eternal life.
He is the true bread of life for our souls—and in Him our souls need never go hungry again.