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.