The Bread of Life
While we marvel at the things which Jesus did while He was in the world we are also amazed at the things which He said. The two go together of course, being the words and deeds of the only begotten Son of God who came in our nature to save sinners. As no-one ever lived like Christ so no-one ever spoke like Christ. His sayings were with such authority and such simplicity, such wisdom and such grace.
On one occasion Jesus miraculously fed a crowd of five thousand with five barley loaves and two small fishes. The next day, knowing what was in their hearts, He told the people to give more attention to the needs of their souls than their stomachs. He proclaimed: “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
Let me ask you a question in the light of these precious words. Is there an emptiness in your soul? Is there a hunger in your heart? When we have not eaten for a while we experience a natural hunger and God meets our need with His kind provision, giving us our daily bread. We should thank Him for His faithful supply, which is undeserved by us. Yet as the Bible teaches and as we know within ourselves, there is much more to life than food and drink.
Uniquely of all the creatures which God made you and I have a never-dying soul as well as a body. We are made to know and enjoy God and we simply cannot be content apart from Him. By our sin we have lost that fellowship with God which enriches and fulfils human life. Try as we might to find happiness in this world, all its possessions and pleasures yield nothing of lasting value; we are left with mere husks that can never bring peace and contentment to our souls.
Yet here is One saying to us, “I am the bread of life.” He promises that if we come to Him then our souls will be filled and we will be truly blessed. This is the Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, dying on the cross for sinners to take away their guilt and reconcile them to God and offering Himself to us now in the gospel. In Him God is gracious. Have you embraced Jesus Christ personally in the arms of saving faith? Does your soul feed upon Him daily in the Word of God? This is our most necessary food.
Lazarus was a man who enjoyed the bread of life even though he was a beggar with only the dogs of the street for company. He looked for crumbs each day in order to survive but at the same time he trusted in Christ and his soul was saved. When he died he went to “Abraham’s bosom” (Luke 16:22), which is heaven. The rich man dined on plenty each day but neglected his soul. Sadly when he died he went to hell (Luke 16:23). Which example are you following?
Jesus Christ is the bread of God which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. Those who taste of Christ and His grace in the gospel find lasting joy; their prayer is, “evermore give us this bread.” The Lord will not deny them and they will be eternally satisfied in their Saviour. Come to Christ and your heart will never hunger again.