And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst (John 6:35).
I Am the Bread of Life – Reflection
One of the best known and perhaps most relevant teachings in the Bible. To begin with, the Apostle tells in detail the way in which his Master considered the word of God as spiritual food vital. At the beginning of the story in Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John we can see a desperate crowd looking for Jesus, however for the wrong reasons.
Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled (John 6:26).
It is here that the Lord begins to emphasize the wrong in the perspective of a certain group of his followers, they were so focused on the “now” that they had not allowed themselves to see that what Jesus offered them went much further than a simple satisfaction temporary.
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed (John 6:27).
It is at this point in the teaching that Jesus, after clarifying the above, decides to start using an analogy to explain the vitality of the word. Therefore, he compares it to the manna that God sent to his parents in ancient times (Ex 16:4-5, 16:15).
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world (John 6:32-33).
Manna was a “little thing” like coriander seeds, which tasted like new oil or wafers made with honey (Ex 16:31; Nu 11:8).
As we see it in its simplicity, it represents the Living Word or Christ in his humiliation, just as the Lord also teaches in the gospels.
Following the thread of the story, we can see that even culminating the teaching, many of those who heard this word felt out of place, did not clearly understand what he was saying and would need much more than listening to a speech to digest this spiritual bread. Therefore, faith was necessary so that they could access this eternal satiety (Ro 1:17, 5:1; Ga 3:26; Eph 2:8).
Jesus as the Bread of Life clearly represents this manna that descends to prevent the people from dying in the middle of the desert. It is the staple with which the ancient Israelites fed, but in the same way, it is the greatest expression of life that the Christian knows today.
It is in His Word where we can find that daily food for our souls. But also in turn, it is this same Word that also enables our spiritual growth.
When we see in the Bible that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim 3:16), we understand that nothing that was written can be wasted. The God’s Word is necessary for unity building, and only through it, can we receive life and salvation (2 Tim 3:15; James 1:18; 1 Pe 1:23).
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life (John 5:24).