7481 - I Am the Bread of Life

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During the next few weeks we are going to be looking at seven distinct announcements which Jesus made in the book of John, all of which are introduced with the words 'I Am'.

He said:
• I am the bread of life. (John 6:35)
• I am the light of the world. (8:12)
• I am the door. (10:9)
• I am the good shepherd. (10:11)
• I am the resurrection and the life (11:25)
• I am the way, the truth and the life. (14:6) and
• I am the true vine. (15:1)

Today let's focus on the first of these statements: I am the bread of life.

In John, chapter 6, Jesus is engaged in a conversation with a crowd in Galilee, many of whom were in the multitude which Jesus had fed. They had seen how miraculously Jesus had taken five small loves and two fish and multiplied them so that 5000 men plus the women and children had been filled. No one went away hungry.

Jesus sought to help them understand that it was believing in Him by faith which pleased God. They kept showing they were impressed by the possibility of being always fed so they would never be hungry. They desired something like the manna given to Israel in the desert. Jesus sought to turn their attention to spiritual truth.

Listen to the Scripture:

(John 6:33-35) "For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. 'Sir' they said, 'from now on give us this bread.' Then Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty...'"

(48-51) "'I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.'

(57-58) Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.'"

Friend, in response to the resistance and unbelief of these people, in the Greek language, Jesus shifts from one word which means 'to eat' to another word which means 'to gnaw or chew', a stronger verb which stresses the slow process of eating.

The principle which Jesus was seeking for them to comprehend and grasp is very important, but they did not understand.

You see, their perception was focused on manna, on the physical, material supply of food. They were elated to find someone who might supply their physical hunger day after day, even as God had supplied manna to the nation of Israel in the desert.

Jesus was sharing spiritual truth. The basic truth of this passage relates the words 'eating the living bread' as a figure of speech for believing in Him. Taking His Spirit into our spirit. You see not only did the Father send Jesus as the living bread, but also Jesus gave Himself willingly. He said, this bread is my flesh which I willingly give for the life of the world. By His death, life became available to mankind. But His crucifixion did not open the doors of heaven to every person. Each one must participate in eating the bread of life, in receiving Him into their own life. Only then are we fed spiritually. Only then do we have eternal life.

Jesus is saying that each individual must have an intimate, personal relationship with Him through faith.

He must abide in us and we must abide in Him. He is eager for this relationship.