I am the Bread of Life
Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, 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. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
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: 32 – 35
Raised in the Jewish faith, Jesus would have been very familiar with the story of how God fed Israel manna whilst travelling through the desert; food without which everyone would have died. It’s no wonder his hearers would want it, who wouldn’t want bread from God?
Yet the kicker is this. When in verse 35 Jesus then identified himself as that bread, that was a step to far for some. The Pharisees did not recognise Jesus as anything other than an upstart carpenter, a populist rabble rouse who needed to be kept in his place. To the Romans he didn’t even register that because he just wasn’t that important. As Paul later wrote, the gospel is a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the gentiles.
To those willing to place their trust in him, he was the Bread of life. Who is Jesus to you today? Who will he be tomorrow?
Prayer: Jesus, give me the space in my life to really consider who you truly are. Give me the wisdom to see you for who you truly are and give me the strength to accept you for who you really are?
Action: Make a sandwich or some toast. Think about the bread you are eating, what does it mean to have the bread of life?
This Thought was written by Norman Smith