I am Day 1: I Am the Bread of Life
“Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:31-35, ESV)
A few years ago, my family and I spent a week driving down the California coastal highway. In San Francisco, after walking around the city all day, we decided to stop at a restaurant called Boudin, which is famous for its sourdough bread. For over 160 years, Boudin has been using the same mother dough to make their signature sourdough bread. Being the carb-loving family that we are, we had to stop in and give it a try.
While we were waiting for our table to be ready, we toured a small bread-based museum on the second floor of the restaurant—exciting stuff. As we meandered through the exhibits, I noticed a large tray of cubed sourdough bread samples sitting by one of the displays with a sign that said “Samples”—don’t mind if I do! The sourdough bread was delicious. One more lap around the small museum and there I was at the bread samples again; might as well have another! One lap turned into two, three, four, five—I lost count at some point. It was taking a while for our table to be ready, so I just kept eating bread. By the time we sat down to eat dinner, I was pretty much full! However, as appetizers (bread) and dinner (bread bowl) were brought out, I found some extra space to pack in a few more carbs. I remember walking out of that restaurant feeling like I ate enough bread to never be hungry again.
John 6:1-15 details the miracle of Jesus taking five loaves of bread and two fish and feeding 5,000 men, plus women and children. The crowd that was fed continued to seek after the Lord Jesus, even as He made His way across the sea to Capernaum overnight. Why did they continue to seek after Him? “You are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves” (John 6:26). These people wanted to be fed again! The Lord Jesus, however, sought to teach them about a different kind of bread.
The crowd spoke of the manna sent by God to feed the Israelites in the wilderness. Even still, they did not know that they were speaking to the “living bread that came down from heaven” (vs. 51). As the people sought to continue to do empty works to earn salvation, the Lord Jesus boldly proclaimed that He was the “bread of life” and those who come to Him “shall not hunger” (vs. 35). Jesus was not speaking of physical hunger but spiritual emptiness. It is through the Lord Jesus alone, not through any works that mankind can accomplish, that we can be saved.
If you have not trusted in the Savior, you are spiritually hungry. The Lord Jesus died on the cross for our sins and it is through faith in Him that we can be saved (Eph. 2:8). The same One who spoke the words we read in John 6 is still “the living bread.”
These words are also an encouragement to those of us who are saved. That being said, do I live like one who is no longer spiritually hungry? Far too often, I still try to fill myself with the things of this world that leave me empty; perhaps you feel the same way. Just as I woke up the next morning in San Francisco after that meal and was somehow hungry for breakfast, the pleasures of this world will never satisfy. Satisfaction is found in Him alone. Let us seek each day to live for Him. It is my prayer that this short study would serve as an encouragement to continue to live a life that is well-pleasing to Him and seek to be filled solely by the One who is the Living Bread.
“Now none but Christ can satisfy,
none other name for me!
There’s love and life and lasting joy,
Lord Jesus, found in thee.”