I cannot hide the fact that I love bread. I could eat bread with every meal and then have bread for dessert. We grew up eating toast, muffins, biscuits, submarines, rolls, cornbread, but our favorite bread would be dessert loaves of bread. My mother would make banana-nut bread, and my wife makes zucchini bread, and I love both. So, it is needless to say that I love all types of bread. I understand the concept of eating bread at most meals.
In John 6:35, we read, “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.’” This Scripture is an important verse that Jesus is informing us that He is God. He is revealing to us His saving relationship with the world. He is telling us that He is the “Bread of Life.” This is a concept that I can relate to because bread is such an important part of my eating habits. We have all heard that a person can survive on bread and water to sustain life. However, I was always a little confused by the statement because I always seem to need more bread in my life.
John chapter 6 starts with Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 men. It is where Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish and then He miraculously was able to feed not only the 5,000 men but their entire families too. When it was over, there were twelve baskets filled with leftover bread from the miracle. We can see that bread was an important part of the eating habits for the culture and time of this miracle. The people had their fill of the bread, but they would need more bread for the next meal.
The next day Jesus was stating to the crowd that they followed Him for the next meal of bread. John 6:26-27 reads, “Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.’” Christ is setting the stage for one of the “I Am” statements that the people will fully understand because apparently, they loved bread too.
John 6:33-34 continues, “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.’” Next, Jesus says something that would probably startle the crowd because many of them have missed the fact that He is the Savior of mankind. He is the Messiah! “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Christ is saying that He is essential for eternal life just like bread is essential to sustain physical life. He is the only way to have the abundant, eternal life that Jesus wants for us. He will make us righteous in the sight of God.
Personally, when I had realized what Christ had done for me, I can truly say that I love the “Bread of Life,”and because I have this bread, I do not hunger. He is the only way to satisfy our spiritual hunger. I hope that you love the “Bread of Life” too.