John 6:35

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What Jesus Said

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me
will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
John 6:35
Though Jesus cares about the physical needs of your life, he never wants those needs to overshadow your spiritual need for him.
 
It may seem confusing to see Jesus say, “I am the bread of life.” But, we have to enter into the story to understand what’s really going on here. Jesus was teaching and as word spread of where he was, crowds started to gather to the point where there were thousands of people. Eventually it got to the point where people were getting hungry, and Jesus ends up multiplying 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed the masses. We know it as Jesus feeding the 5,000.
 
As you can imagine, the scene would’ve been incredible. Everyone eats until they're full. It would be like us going to a buffet – for free. No cost – just eat as much as you would like – the food will keep on coming.
 
Jesus (the mobile, free food truck at the time) went to a different town, and the crowds found him. Their motivation for following Jesus was for physical food, yet Jesus graciously takes this opportunity to illustrate a greater need. Check out how this plays out:
 
Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from
heaven, but it is my Father who 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.”
 
“Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” – John 6:32-34

 
They still thought this ‘bread from heaven’ was some sort of physical bread.
 
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

 
Jesus wants to meet a need that goes way beyond the physical. He wants to meet the need we were created with in the beginning. The need to be in a relationship with God. Jesus knows he’s the only way for this to happen. Not only is the ‘bread’ he offers everlasting, but it’s the only bread available.
 
No other thing, accomplishment, feeling, or desire will give your soul what it truly needs. We find ourselves chasing a lot of these things in life. And it’s okay to be successful. It’s actually great to be successful. This isn’t a call to live a minimalistic lifestyle. It’s a call for us to remember the greatest need we will ever face in this world. A need for our souls to find the Savior, Jesus Christ.
 
Take some time this week to bring yourself back to this place. Where you take a moment to remind yourself of your need for Jesus. He truly is the bread of life.  
Garrett Crown | Student Ministries Associate

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