Jesus is the Bread of Life
"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.' " (John 6:35)
"Christ shows that he is the true Bread; he is to the soul what bread is to the body." -- Matthew Henry (Ref. 1)
This lesson is the second in a series on the "I AM" statements of Christ. This lesson discusses Jesus' statement, "I am the bread of life" (John 6:35).
Consider. Have you come to Jesus, the Source of sustenance and strength for your spiritual life?
God-provided bread from heaven
Jesus' Jewish listeners knew that God had provided bread from heaven (also called "manna") to the Israelites. "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction' " (Exodus 16:4). The manna that God provided was essential for the Israelite's survival (Exodus 16:35). Note, however, at that time God did not provide the manna universally to all people. Exodus tells us that God provided the manna only for the Israelites, and the manna was temporary (Exodus 16:35). The people who ate the manna eventually died (John 6:49).
"I am the bread of life"
In contrast with the manna that God provided temporarily to the Israelites, Jesus states emphatically, "I am the bread of life."
"He who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst"
Before the manna could benefit the Israelites, they had to eat it. In the same way, for Christ to provide us spiritual sustenance and eternal life, we must come to him and believe in him. When we come to Christ and believe in Christ, he alone satisfies the hunger and thirst of our souls (Matthew 5:6, John 7:37).
The Samaritan woman at the well responded to Jesus. She said, "Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw" (John 4:15). The multitude responded to Jesus when he described the bread of heaven (John 6:33). They said, "Lord, always give us this bread" (John 6:34).
Apply. What is your response to Jesus? Will you come to him and believe in him? Come to him, believe in him, and you will receive the bread of life that your soul craves.
2/11/2019 10:51:18 am
Yes, Christ is the bread of life, and He does, indeed, provide eternal life. I think you topic also gives clarity to our need for "daily bread". In order for one to grow in Christ daily bread is needed. Mat 4:4 4Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ b ”
Ronald K Reuse
2/18/2019 11:21:56 am
I just finished reading Walter Brueggemann's book "The Prophetic Imagination" He lays out what happened to Israel after they rejected God as their leader and wanted a King. God started a New thing my giving the ten commandments to Moses to give to the people, but the religious leaders added many more. The religious leaders wanted the control and led the people down a terrible road away from God, but God forgave them and continually tried to bring them back. In the end He knew it was hopeless. He sent His son to provide another way another New way. Christ became our bread of life. He took on our sins so we could be reconciled to God. Jesus told them that they had a new beginning through believing in Him. That was His only requirement. Believe in Jesus and be saved from eternal separation from God. When his chosen followers witnessed his sacrifice and His resurrection they became His church. They lived and died proclaiming Christ. They lived and taught a New way, free from the boundage of "religion". People could go direct to God through Christ. Seeking His direction and assistance through prayer. Yes, we must ask Christ for forgiveness for our sins, accept Him as our Lord and savior. Our lifes will be changed as the Holy Spirit enters on our confession. We then start a "New" way a new life that has Christ at the end. An eternity with Him. Thanks be to God
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