The Bread Of Life
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
As this great chapter opens, we find Jesus preaching to a hungry multitude. As He finishes His message, He is aware that they are in need of food for their bodies, so, He does that which only God Himself could do. He takes 5 small loaves, and 2 small fishes and feeds a multitude that probably neared 15,000 people. After all the people were satisfied, the disciples took up 12 baskets filled with the fragments of this miracle. One basket for every doubting disciple!
This remarkable miracle served as a life-sized illustration for a sermon that Jesus was about to preach. Here in John 6, we are presented with a new portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ; The Bread Of Life (John 6:35).
This is an interesting portrait of the Lord, since bread is a substance known and used by every society on the face of the earth. Bread is one of the few foods that can be tolerated by most digestive systems. Also, bread has a satisfying quality that few other food products have. Anyway you slice it, bread is good and it is a food that most people need, use and enjoy. When all this is taken together, it becomes clear why Jesus is portrayed as The Bread Of Life.
Father God, Thank You that Christ the Living Bread can satisfy the world's spiritual hunger. Amen.