The Bread of Life!

Scripture reading for May 10th: John 6:22-46

Jesus’ miracle of the multiplication of the bread and fish caused the crowd to search for Him the next morning.  After spending time alone in prayer late into the night, Jesus had walked on the lake and joined the disciples in their boat.  The crowd was mystified about how Jesus got across the lake.  Upon finding Jesus in Capernaum, they asked Him when He got there .  Jesus told them they were not looking for Him because of the miraculous signs, but because they ate the bread and were satisfied.  He told them not to work for food that spoils, but to seek the food that endured to eternal life which the Son of Man would give them.

Jesus’ instructions stirred a question in those who heard.  “What must we do to do the works God requires?”  Jesus answered, “The work God requires is this:  to believe on the One He has sent.” (John 6:28-29)   Jesus was emphasizing that man cannot do any ‘works’ to purchase salvation.  God the Father was only looking for humble faith, a trust in the One He sent, His Son Jesus Christ.  This was true then and remains the same today!  It is only by grace through faith that we please God.  (Ephesians 2:8-10)  We do good works that God prepares for us after receiving that grace through faith.

Some from the crowd asked Jesus for another miracle to prove He was the One to believe in.  They cited Moses and the manna from heaven that God provided for the children of Israel in the desert.   Jesus told them that Moses had not given them bread, but His Father who would give them true bread from heaven.  “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.” (John 6:33-35)

Jesus Christ is the true Bread of Life!  In Him we have eternal sustenance.  We can commune with Him each day and truly satisfy our inner hunger and thirst for righteousness, peace and joy.  We must come humbly to Him and simply believe that He is the Son of God.  Have you found the Bread of Life?

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