I Am the Bread of Life


One thing that we learn in John 6 is that Jesus hears our thoughts and provides clarification. Once again, the text immediately below is the second response to the people who had asked for a sign that Jesus was from God, that Jesus was God. Jesus had told them not work for food that spoils but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.

Over and over in that passage, Jesus explains that is he “true bread from heaven, or the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” The people wanted a sign similar to the manna which their ancestors received from God. Jesus tells them to focus on that which will last for eternity not that which is their next meal. He says, “I am the bread of life.

I hear God telling me to make sure that I focus on that which will last for eternity. In verse 27, Jesus says work for food that enduresto eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. Jesus will give us the food that last for eternity. Later, Jesus says, “The work of God is this: to believein the one he has sent.” Jesus is in essence saying that He is the work. We must believe in Him and do what He says. That is the work of God.

Jesus further supports that notion when the people ask Jesus for the bread that will cause them to never hunger again.

30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

35 Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.

Jesus tells them I am the bread of life.

Further in the text, Jesus reiterates who He is

48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

Jesus uses one of His favorite teaching tools, compare/contrast, to enlighten those whom He has entered into discourse. They were focusing on temporary things such as food (manna) to eat physically. He was focused on eternal things such as food they would eat eternally – Himself. Jesus proclaimed to them and to us that He should be our pursuit not money, food, a house, and other things such as retirement (my focus). God wants to be our focus. If we claim to know Him, He will remove those things that rival His place as focus of our lives.

Jesus says the bread is His flesh which He gave for the life of the world. Jesus is telling me I am the bread of life. What is He telling you? If we want life, we must desire Jesus and him crucified. This is exactly what Paul model for us in 1 Corinthians 2:2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

 

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