Bread of Life
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35
According to the passage above, Jesus refers to Himself by declaring “I am the bread of life.”
Since the Lord Himself is the bread of life, when one eats this bread of life by faith, then he receive everlasting life.
The Lord spoke of Himself by drawing an analogy to the bread to explain that He came to this earth to give eternal life to all human beings. To do so, Jesus was incarnated in the flesh of man, was baptized by John the Baptist to accept the sins of mankind onto his own body. Subsequently, He washed away all our sins through His baptism and carried the sins of the world to the cross to bear all our condemnation.
From John 6:16-40, it is written prior to today’s scripture passage that our Lord fed more than 5,000 people by blessing five barley loaves and two fishes. The next day, the people hurriedly came looking for Jesus because they had eaten the bread of the flesh and wanted their carnal affairs met. I identified three important truths that is imperative for our spiritual well being during Jesus’ long conversation with them.
- What Are You Labouring For? John 6:26-27
Jesus declared that we are to labour for the food that endures to everlasting life. The Son of God came to this earth incarnated with flesh and said that He Himself will give the bread of everlasting life to those who earnestly seek Him. This is the reason Jesus said “don’t work for the food that perishes. Far from it, we should labour for the food that will make us live forever.” Jesus is the bread of life. Those who ate the manna during the time of Moses all died, just as everyone in this world who eat the perishable food will also die some day. However, those who really believe in the Lord with their hearts will attain new and everlasting life. It was completely wrong for them to follow the Lord for any other purpose, only to obtain the food that would perish, to see signs and miracles or to prosper materially. Even though our Lord came to this world as the true bread of life, countless people remain unable to obtain true life because they believe in Jesus mistakenly. I is completely wrong to believe in Jesus and to follow Him only for fleshly needs and as a matter of religion.
- What To Do To Do The Works Of God? John 6:28-29
The people said to Jesus “you told us to labour for the bread that endures to everlasting life but what shall we do to do the works of God?” Jesus then answered and said to them, “this is the work of God, that you believe in Him Whom He sent.” We must keep in mind that to believe in Him Whom God sent is to do God’s work because Jesus is the One Who has blotted out all the sins of the world and Who gives everlasting life. To believe in Jesus is to do God’s work and this is the way to everlasting life. In contrast, for us to do good deeds blindly, to fast and pray a lot or to serve others in any way do not necessarily mean that we are doing God’s work. In other words, our Lord wants us to really receive the bread of eternal life by believing in Him. To blot out our sins, the Lord shouldered them by being baptized and paid off all wages by shedding His blood on the cross, thus making us sinless.
- What Kind Of Person The Father Draws? John 6:37, 44
Who are those Whom the Father send to Jesus Christ? They are those who seek the things of Heaven, poor in spirit and who recognize they are sinners before the Law of God. God never sent anyone who seek the fleshly desires and the things of the earth. Everyone knows whether or not there is sin in their hearts. We know ourselves whether we want to believe in Jesus for spiritual purpose of receiving the remission of sins or for the carnal purpose of prospering in this world. Yet despite this, many people still continue to deceive their own conscience and make a mockery out of God. Those who have not been born again seek the things of the flesh and they are more than capable of justifying this. However, what is clear is that the motivation to become a Christian must be spiritual. Jesus came to this world as a Savior Who would deliver us from our sins. Mt 1:21 This means that Jesus is the One Who saved us from all our sins, not someone who makes us rich, prosperous or popular in this world. We believe in Jesus in order to receive the remission of sins, to become God’s children and to enter and live in the Kingdom of God.
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