Posted June 18, 2015
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.
These were the words spoken to the crowds by Jesus after he had miraculously fed the 5,000 and walked on water. This is the first of Jesus’ famous seven “I Am” statements in the book of John. Each of these statements read alone are amazing, and read together are even more insightful look at how Jesus saw Himself and what He came to do on earth. We’ll first look at what Jesus meant by being the bread of life, and then what our response to this bread should be:
The Bread of Life
In this “I Am” statement, Jesus identifies Himself as the bread of life. What does He mean by this? First off, it’s a clear statement of uniqueness. He’s not a bread of life among many other options, but the bread of life. He alone can bring about life; anything else claiming to be such a thing is a lie and ultimately leads to death! Secondly, those who come to Jesus hungry are satisfied! While other things tell us that they can satisfy us with true life, only Jesus follows through with that promise. He’s spiritual nourishment to those who need real food. Third and finally, in saying this, He’s tying Himself to Israel’s story and showing He’s the fulfillment of things that ultimately pointed toward Him. Just as the Father sent manna from heaven into the wilderness to provide physical sustenance for His people as He rescued them from Egyptian slavery, so the Father sent His Son from heaven to be spiritual food for all who would believe in and come to Him as He rescues them from the slavery of sin.
Come And Believe
How are we to respond to this bread, if it is not physical? How do we eat of it? Jesus says that this eating is done as we come to Him in faith and believe He is just that: our bread of life. We find life; our hunger and our thirst are strangely satisfied by Him alone. Nothing else will do but Him! Who’s invited? The text says it clearly: Whoever is hungry and thirsty! Admit your hunger; confess your thirst. Christ laid down His life on the cross for you that you might have life everlasting! You are invited to His table to eat and drink of Him and be eternally satisfied.
Song by Hope College Worship.
Production by Cardiphonia.
Artwork by Michael Van Patter.