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John chapter 6 is the passage where Jesus says he is the “bread of life. In verse 27 - Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.
In other words, most of our pursuits in life are for things that are temporary. It’s like food. All food has an expiration date. It’s only good for a little while. Jesus is saying instead of putting all your focus and energy into the search for temporary fulfillment, and temporary satisfaction, we should focus on the food that endures.
In the NT we learn that crowds wildly pursued Jesus because he supplied them with material things. They like the idea of a Jesus who could give them fish and bread – someone who could give them the material things they wanted. But they failed to take a step farther and realize that a man who could miraculously supply bread was also the One who could meet the deep spiritual needs of their lives.
People still do the same thing today. They look to Jesus as the One who will:
• Make them happy
• Solve their problems
• Fulfill their dreams
• Guarantee that we will all live “happily ever after.”
They want a Jesus who will help them live the “good life.” But we must understand that what Jesus is telling the crowd and us in John 6 is that his purpose in coming was much higher and much greater than simply making sure we are comfortable and happy.
Jesus came to meet a need in our lives that we cannot meet ourselves. But oh how we try. There is not a person here today who hasn’t tried to fill this inner hunger and thirst that we all have. As you look back over your life perhaps you can see how futile your attempts were. You always came up empty.
So, Jesus tells the people, I didn’t come simply to give you bread and fish on a mountain side, I came to give you myself. I am the bread of life.
Vs. 35 – “For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. 34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.”
Jesus doesn’t say, “I can give you the bread of life” or “I know where you can find the bread of life” or even “I have the recipe for the bread of life.” He says, “I AM the bread of life.” He is what we need.
Here the truth that the world needs to know: Only Jesus can satisfy our spiritual hunger. Everything else leaves us empty and unsatisfied.
Today’s Challenge: Take some time today to pray about the things you are pursuing. Recognize that Jesus meets our hunger and thirst in the fullest sense. He satisfies the deepest yearning in our souls.
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