All our strengthening and energising provision come through our relationship with Christ. He is the Bread of Life. If our relationship with Him is not firmly cemented, we could find ourselves slipping into deception.
Hi there and welcome back to Daily Bible Promises with a Twist. And today as always we’ll begin by reading the verse in the New International Version. And this is John 6:35. “I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry”. So to put this verse into context, this might be a bit of a bumpy ride. So I’m going to using my new American Standard Bible to weave us through. But we’ll start by reading the actual verse, New American Standard Bible, John 6, verse 35 “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me shall not hunger and he who believes in me shall not thirst.” So what’s going on? John 6 is quite a long chapter. There so much that happens then but at the beginning of the chapter, Jesus multiplies bread from two barley loaves to be able to feed a crowd of 5000 men. And we have no idea how many women were there or children. A lot of people were fed.
So after the feeding of the thousands, Jesus and His disciples get on a boat. There is a big storm there on the other side of the lake and they head back. And the people hear that Jesus is coming back and when Jesus and His disciples land at the dock again all the crowd rush to see him and say, “Rabbi? When did you get here?”
In verse 25,”Jesus asked of them and said, “Truly truly, I say to you, you seek me not because you saw signs but because you ate of the loaves and you are filled. Do not work for the food which perishes but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give to you.” They really do not get it that Jesus was pointing to himself.
So, in verse 30, they continue to press Him as if what he did 24 hours previous wasn’t quite enough. They are asking for more. “What then do you do for a sign that we may see and believe you. What work do you perform. Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness as it is written. He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.” They are just they about their stomachs.
So, we’re going to read from thirty to verse thirty five. “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly truly I say to you it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven but it is my father who gives you the true bread out of heaven for the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.'”
And then they reply to Jesus, “Lord, evermore give us this bread.” They are probably thinking, we won’t have to go shopping for eternity! This is good.
But then Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me shall not hunger and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”
I long to see the kingdom of God displayed on earth. My hunger will only be quenched if I am feasting off of my relationship with Jesus. And that’s what Jesus is basically saying here. “I am the Bread of Life.” It all circles around me. I am your sustainer. I am the one who gives to you so you can give to others.
I don’t believe Jesus was saying don’t go for it, don’t hunger to see more of My presence here on Earth. But He is saying if we remain in Him, there is a deep satisfaction in our heart that keeps us from focusing too much on prevision that Jesus gave us.
If we truly embrace Jesus as the Bread of Life and as our source, then anything that we do in his name is sent from a place of trying to feed our hunger to see something spectacular happen. Because our spirit is already fed through intimacy with Him. I am not saying that we should not pursue doing the works of Jesus on earth here today.
What I am saying is everything that we do for Him should come from that place where we have found our strength by feasting on our relationship with Jesus.
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