Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
Sometimes what we want isn’t what Jesus wants. The crowd thinks he might be the long-anticipated second Moses since the first Moses rescued Israel from slavery and also fed them bread in the wilderness. But Jesus tells them, “it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven… [that] gives life to the world” (John 6:32-33). Jesus wants them to understand God gave Israel bread which only lasted a day at a time. Now God wants to give the whole world bread that will give life for eternity.
Then he says the thing that causes them to leave. “[I am that bread!] Whoever comes to me will never go hungry.” Spiritual meaning laces these words. Jesus is the bread that leads to eternal life, far better than Moses’s manna (John 6:49-51). The crowd wants to be rescued from Rome, but they need rescue from something deeper—sin and death. Jesus foreshadows the work he will do to save us by dying on the cross. What is true for them is true for us. We come to Jesus with our deepest problems, but he wants to go deeper and save us from our sin. We need to recognize our greatest need is to be rescued from our sin and accept the bread of life that Jesus offers.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Listen to the Ada Bible Worship Team sing God So Loved. Pay attention to the words, “Come all you sinners, come find His mercy, come to the table; he will satisfy, taste of His goodness.” Jesus died to offer you forgiveness and eternal life. If you haven’t already, tell him you accept his gift. If you have, thank him for being the bread that gives eternal life.
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
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