The Bread of Life

The Bread of Life

 

John 6:35 – 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.”

Human beings are inescapably hungry.  We cannot go a day without experiencing some desire for something to eat.  Our food preferences are as diverse as kale and birthday cake.  But our hunger marks us all.  Jesus Christ is the one who made us, who created our taste buds and nutritional needs, our ability to sense being hungry and being satisfied.   Apparently the greatest, most valuable part of this food/hunger connection is its use as a metaphor.  As great as sliced bread is—its greatest greatness is to point to what Jesus is for human beings who are satisfied in him.   He is the bread—that which meets our nutritional needs, which fills us and satisfies us—of life—that which rescues us from the decay of death by soul hunger.   Without Jesus we are empty, aching, declining, and eventually succumbing to permanent soul death. With Jesus we are full, satisfied, healthy—alive.    To feast on him means to trust in him as our most basic need, to acknowledge that he satisfies our soul, to regularly walk in communion with him as surely as we look to our next physical meal.   It means to prayerfully meditate on the truth of his gospel, to let his Word fill our souls, to intentionally focus on his presence with us.  It is surely our first trusting in the gospel, and just as surely our ongoing joyful living upon him as our bread of life.