Friday, 18/6/2021
By Chow Ee-Tan 赵一丹
Title: “I Am the Bread of Life”

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 – NIV)

I have always been intrigued by Jesus’ claim of being the `Bread of Life’.

We know that bread was a staple food at the turn of the century for the Jews in Palestine, quite like rice is for Asians of today. But why did Jesus say He is a food? I guess it must be because we need Jesus just like we need our staple food to be alive.

First He said, whoever approaches Him will not be hungry anymore. He then said whoever believes in Him will never be thirsty. It means Jesus can satisfy all our basic longings – that of hunger and that of thirst.

So Jesus was likening himself as a food source, and source of living water. He did not say He has the bread of life but He IS the Bread of Life. He is also the living water. Not just any bread or food, but the bread of life.

It is reassuring to know that we have a God who not only gives us physical food, but also spiritual food that satisfies us. Without food we will die, so Jesus gives us physical life and also spiritual life.

In Jesus we can find not just life, but eternal life. The one who comes to Him will never hunger nor thirst. Jesus is saying that only He could satisfy our spiritual hunger and spiritual thirst because He is the Bread of Life and Living Water from heaven.

When I googled this verse, I found something quite interesting from https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/john-6-35. Jesus’ claim to be the bread of life is not random but it’s followed by other claims of Himself.

Firstly, do you know that this was the first of seven claims Jesus made about being the Bread of Life from heaven? He told them that He is not only the Giver but the Sustainer of our lives. He becomes our living nourishment, day by day, strengthening and sustaining us, in and through His everlasting, life-giving power.

Not only does Christ give us each day our daily bread, but He also imparts to us His life-giving Spirit, which is life everlasting. Only in Jesus we can have life everlasting.

Secondly, this was the first of seven titles that Christ has used about Himself that started with: “I AM..” And he chose to begin with I AM the Bread of Life…

Later in the Gospel, He also said: I AM the Light of the World to dispel the darkness of sin and death. I AM the Gate – the Entrance Door into security and means of fellowship with almighty God. I AM the Good Shepherd, to lead and guide, to feed and protect.

Jesus is many things to His believer, but the first `title’ that He shared with us is something simply amazing. We have a Saviour who can satisfy all our hunger and thirst – if only we come to Him.

Prayer: Thank You Lord Jesus for who You are. Thank You for being our bread of life and our living water. Without You we are nothing. With You we have everything. Lord, we pray that You will continue to draw us closer to You, as You and You alone can satisfy all our needs. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期五,2021年6月18日
标题:“我是生命的粮”
作者:赵一丹
翻译:陈月妃

约翰福音6:35 耶稣说、我就是生命的粮.到我这里来的、必定不饿.信我的、永远不渴。

我一直对耶稣声称自己是“生命之粮”的说法很感兴趣。

我们知道面包是巴勒斯坦犹太人的主食,就像今天的亚洲人吃的米饭一样。但是为什么耶稣把自己说成是粮食呢?我想这一定是因为我们需要耶稣,就像我们都需要我们的主食才能活着一样。

首先祂说,凡亲近祂的,必不再饥饿。接着祂说,凡信祂的,就永远不渴。这意味着耶稣能满足我们所有的基本渴望——饥饿和口渴的渴望。

所以耶稣把自己比喻成食物的来源和活水的来源。祂并没有说祂有生命的粮,而是说祂自己就是生命的粮。祂也是活水。不是一般的面包或粮食,而是生命的粮。

令人感到安心的是,我们有一位神,祂不仅赐给我们肉体上的食物,也给我们灵性上的食物,使我们满足。我们若没有食物就会死亡,所以耶稣赐给了我们肉体的生命和属灵的生命。

在耶稣里,我们不仅能找到生命,而且能找到永生。到祂跟前的,必不饥渴。耶稣说,只有祂才能满足我们属灵的饥渴,因为祂是来自天堂的生命之粮与活水。

当我在谷歌上搜索这节经文时,我从https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/john-6-35 中发现了一些非常有趣的东西。耶稣并非随意的宣告自己是生命之粮,因为随之而来的是关于祂本身的其他宣告。

首先,你知道这来自天上的生命之粮,乃是耶稣对自己的七个宣告中的第一个吗?祂告诉他们,祂不但是我们生命的赐予者,祂同时也是我们的生命的维持者。祂日复一日地成为我们生命的养分,透过祂永恒的生命大能,坚固并帮助我们。

基督不但每天赐给我们日用的饮食,而且祂还将生命的灵分赐给我们,那就是永生。只有在耶稣里面,我们才能拥有永生。

其次,这是基督对自己所使用的七个名称中的首个“我是…”。祂选择以“我是生命的粮”开始……

后来在福音书中,祂也说:我是世界的光,要驱散罪恶和死亡的黑暗。我是门–通往安全的入口,是与全能的神相交的途径。我是好牧人,领导和引导,喂养和保护。

耶稣对祂的信徒来说有很多意义,但祂与我们分享的第一个“名称”简直令人惊讶。我们有一位能满足我们所有饥饿和口渴的救主——只要我们来到祂跟前。

祷告:感谢主耶稣,因为你就是你。感谢你成为我们生命的粮和活水。没有你,我们什么都不是。有了你,我们拥有一切。主啊,我们祈求你继续使我们更靠近你,因为单单只有你才能满足我们所有的需要。阿门。