Jesus, the bread of life (jn 6, ps 3)
Updated: Apr 3, 2020
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." - John 6:35
Jesus performs two miracles. We see him feed the five thousand and walk on water. After feeding the five thousand, Jesus walks on water to get to the ship his disciples are in which is crossing the sea to Capernaum. The crowd he fed saw he was gone and crossed as well. On the other side, they want to know how Jesus got there. But Jesus tells them why they followed him- because they ate their fill of the loaves.
Jesus goes on to teach that the crowd must not work for the food that perishes, but that which endures forever. We see the crowd ask how they can do such a thing. And this is where Jesus teaches how the crowd, as well as us, can do the work of God. That we must believe in Jesus, the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world (v33). Jesus is the bread of life eternal. We will never thirst or hunger again (v35).
What a wonderful reminder to us that there is only one thing we must do to have eternal life. Did you notice the crowd ask how to do the “work” of God (v28)? In this passage, we see that the only work is to believe in him as the bread of life. We see that all we must do is believe in him as our lord and savior. But Jesus doesn’t just stop there. He explains how he is the bread of life, that we will eat of his body and drink of his blood. This is a beautiful foreshadow of the last supper to eat of the bread and drink of the wine in remembrance of Jesus (Luke 22:14-23). And this is why we observe communion in this remembrance, eating of the bread of life. It’s a little easier for us sometimes to understand what Jesus is saying since we have the full picture. But this was a very difficult thing for the Jews following him to understand. Many disciples stopped following Christ because of these words, but the twelve stuck by his side. Though Jesus even knew then one of them would betray him.
Let us be encouraged by these words and miracles of Christ. In such a broken world today, let us not eat of the perishing food, but that of eternal life.
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