Bread of Life
Pastor Marc Likins
John 6:35: And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
In John 6, Jesus feeds a village with no more than a couple of sardines and five cheddar bay biscuits. The people are all about this, and the following day they come to Jesus seeking more bread. Jesus tells them in verse 33 that He knows of heavenly bread that will give life to the world, and this bread isn’t what, but Who. In verse 35, He clarifies and lets them know that He is in fact the bread of life – the bread that never spoils, never disappoints, and always satisfies.
See, bread meant more to them than it does to us. Ordinarily, people did not have meat during the course of their day. That was a luxury. Bread was the heart of the meal. It represented life itself. It was a symbol of what you really needed and what kept you on your feet. To this day, our jargon reflects this when we call someone the “breadwinner.”
So, when Jesus says He has bread, the bread that gives eternal life (verses 32-33, 35), and He is the bread, He is saying that He alone can satisfy and give eternal life.
You could even say it this way, if you are looking for deep satisfaction in something or someone other than Jesus, you will be disappointed. We tell ourselves all the time that we will be satisfied once we get a new job, become healthier, reach the next life stage, or get in a relationship. But the truth is, these never quite scratch the itch. Even good things – families, careers, causes to believe in, being loved by them – they will never measure up to Jesus.
It’s a bold thing to say, “I am the bread of life,” but it is true. Jesus is the only One that can give your soul the savor it longs for. He alone has what you really need and He alone offers eternal life.