Day Two: The Bread of Life

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
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 6:27-35)

“The bread and the fish that Jesus had distributed to the crowds were there to lead the eye, the mind and the heart to the true gift of God to his people, then and there.  They were there to open up their understanding to the fact that the new Passover, the new Exodus, was taking place right in front of them, and that Jesus was leading it…

… the ‘sign’ of the feeding is meant to lead you to the true food: the food the Son of Man will give (verse 27), the food which is Jesus himself (verse 35).  What matters is not just what Jesus can do for you; what matters is who Jesus is.  Only if you’re prepared to be confronted by that in a new way can you being to understand what he can really do for you, what he really wants to do for you.

The question of who Jesus really is now comes to the fore…

First, he is the one upon whom the father has set his seal (verse 27)…

Second… this means that God is making a demand on them, and it is this: that they believe in Jesus.”  [Wright, Nicholas Thomas.  John for Everyone, Part One. p. 79-80]

Let’s respond in obedience to the truth of John 6 –

“The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (v. 29)

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (v. 35)

Jesus, we believe in You!  Jesus, we come to You.  May we live by You, by believing in You, by your broken body and blood shed for us.

– BR

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