His name comes up everywhere. Magazines, TV, and Wikipedia. Google has 834,000,000 search results for Him. His name: Jesus.
He’s also referenced as Immanuel meaning “God with us,” the Christ, Savior, the Father’s Son, and the third Person of the Trinity. His crucifixion placard read “King of the Jews,” which incited furor from the Jewish elite. He was no ordinary person. And as we will see, He described Himself as the bread of life (Jn 6:35). The following narrative from John 6 describes the story.
On a mountainside near the Sea of Tiberias, Jesus miraculously fed five thousand persons from five barley loaves and two fish. There was so much food that there were twelve baskets full of left-overs. The crowd responded, “This is certainly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” (Jn 6:14)
Later, Jesus and His disciples traveled to Capernaum. The crowd followed them there. They asked Jesus, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds God requires?” Jesus answered, “This is the deed God requires – to believe in the one whom he sent.” The crowd replied, “Then what miraculous sign will you perform, so that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”
The crowd was referencing the time when their grandpas and grandmas enjoyed God’s provision of manna in the desert (Ex 16:4). They wanted Jesus to provide a sign just like Moses did in the past by providing bread for His people to eat. The crowd must have thought, If He just fed five thousand with enough bread for left-overs, then He could perform another sign in front of us, right?
Jesus clarified two important truths: it wasn’t Moses who provided the manna in the first place, but it was from the Father. And second, the Father was presently offering the crowd true bread if only they could see Him. How is that? Jesus told them, “For the bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
The crowd responded by saying, “Sir, give us this bread all the time!” They wanted this special bread. They wanted life. Jesus then said, “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Reflecting on this narrative provides us an opportunity to look into the pantry of our lives and take a spiritual inventory. Do we find our lives needing true life? Are we still searching for Him who gives life? Do we know the person and works of Jesus? Or are we still confused about whether Jesus is really who the Bible says He is: The Bread of Life.
If this describes you, then take this moment to accept His provision for you: Himself (Jn 6:51). The bread of life was broken on the cross for you (1 Cor 15:3-4; Jn 3:16-17). Do you believe?
Follow this blog series as we investigate the most important question of all: “Who Is Jesus anyway?” We will look at seven “I am” statements that Jesus described Himself as. Each statement provides important information about who Jesus really is. Then when you read about what others claim Jesus was, you’ll be able to differentiate between what they claim and what the Bible says.
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