If there is one thing in this world that everyone can agree on, it is that we love food. I feel Christians will use any excuse we can think of to have an event where food is present. I once saw a parody article online that said something like, “Scientists confirm: food consumed at church potluck does not count towards the daily caloric intake.” I am sure there are many of us that wish that was the case. If you have been around the River Church for a while, you will know we have a couple of Pastors on staff who cannot make it through a single sermon without making a food analogy! One of the reasons for that though is that they learned from the best preacher of all time, Jesus. Throughout Scripture, Jesus used parables and examples involving food. He knew how to get people’s attention.
John 6:32-35 records, “Jesus then said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ They said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’ 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.’”
In John 6:48-51, Jesus continues, “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.”
I absolutely love these scriptures, particularly because of the context surrounding them. Essentially the context is the crowd Jesus is speaking to had been searching for Him because He has fed them food before, and they wanted another free meal. Since these people are looking for food, Jesus takes the opportunity to give them the Gospel and explain that He is the Bread of Life. When I think of food I think of something that sustains me and gives me the energy to live my life. This is what Jesus is saying He can do for us spiritually! Obviously, we all know that if you believe in Jesus you will still become physically hungry. What Jesus is saying in this chapter is spiritual, you will never hunger or thirst again if you believe in Him. Jesus is the Bread of Life, He will sustain us spiritually. He gives us what we need daily to live our lives for Him. Instead of putting our time and energy into things that only satisfy us for a short time, we can invest our efforts into our relationship with Christ and reap spiritual contentment.
Next time you find yourself chasing anything and everything except for Jesus, remember that He is the Bread of Life; He is the only one that can satisfy you.