"Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty."" (John 6:35)
Aren't you hungry? More than a stomach growling for food, more than a heart longing for approval, more than a deep desire to succeed; our spirit aches for something that will satisfy.
Jesus described Himself as bread to help us to understanding that we need Him to live. Bread is nourishment which we eat to survive. In the same way, knowing Jesus and being in relationship with Him gives us the food necessary for life.
"I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If a man eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." (John 6:48-51)
We receive this "bread that is Jesus' flesh" when we accept the sacrifice He made for our sins. Beyond that initial acceptance, we need to be in constant communion with Jesus.
Just as you wouldn't expect one meal to give you enough energy for a whole week of work, neither can you assume that going to church on Sunday will provide all the nourishment necessary for spiritual life.
We need to be daily feeding on the Word of God.
Jesus goes on to say, "The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life." (John 6:63)
Here Jesus clearly tells us that the Bible is more than merely a collection of wise sayings or encouraging statements. Jesus' words are spirit and they are life!
Question: What does the name "Bread of Life", one of Jesus' many titles, mean to you?