I Am The Bread Of Life

 

 “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)

 

In the Old Testament, God continuously revealed Himself to mankind so that they will come to know Him. In the Book of John, Jesus, the Son of God, revealed even more of Himself and God’s plan of salvation to us. He also used “I am” seven times so that we will know more of the will of God, and to illuminate the relationships between the Father and the Son, and the Son and us (the church). “I am the bread of life” is the first revelation pertaining to the salvation from God.

 

After Jesus Christ performed the miracle of the “five loaves and two fishes” and fed over 5000 people, many were attracted to follow Him. But the Lord knew that their thoughts and perception were not correct, and only followed Him because they had had their immediate fill of bread. That is similar to many nowadays who follow Christ. They have tasted the grace from Heaven but are still short-sighted, valuing the things of this world and time, so that they are unable to sustain their discipleship. Christ reminds us that we should work for the food that endures until eternal life, that is Himself. (John 6:27) He used the example of the Israelites wandering in the desert and eating the manna. Every day they witnessed God’s miracle. Yet they died in the desert because of unbelief. The will of the Father is to bestow the Son, just as manna was delivered down from Heaven, so that people who believe in Him will have eternal life. Our ancestor Adam failed in the matter of food consumption, not only losing the opportunity to have the fruit of the tree of life, but also causing all mankind to be trapped by the death of the body and soul. So God permitted us to regain life through the eating and drinking of the Son of Man. (John 5:53-56) From the symbolism of Christ being born in a manger, we see the intention of God (A manager is where horses and sheep feed). He is telling us to receive and believe in His son, just as people eat food and drink water, so that we can regain our lives. Therefore, I hope that those friends among us who are not yet sure if they have been saved grasp the opportunity to repent and receive Christ, and believe that He is the Saviour, so that you will receive the eternal life given by God.

 

As well, according to John chapter 6, Christ not only declared that He is the Bread of Life, He also emphasized several times that He was sent by the Father (v. 38, 39, 44, 46, 57). This clearly indicates that in the Holy Trinity of God, the Holy Father and the Holy Son have an intimate relationship. For example, Christ said that the Son has the seal of approval of the Father (v. 28). Christ came not to do His own will but the will of the One who sent Him (v. 38). He came from the Father and has seen the Father (v. 46). He lives because of the Father etc. (v. 57). All these indicate the Holy Father and the Holy Son work together in one mind to prepare and complete the salvation of man. Also, Lord Jesus expounded many times that the faith of man will gain him the gift of life from God. For example, to believe in the one God has sent is the work of God (v. 29). He who believes in the Lord will never thirst (v. 35). Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life (v. 40). He who believes has everlasting life (v. 47). Those who do not believe will eventually turn back (v. 64-66) and even betray the Lord (v. 64). From all these words of the Lord, we see that those who believe in the Son of God will have eternal life. They must maintain this faith until the end, so that their souls will be saved.

 

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.” (Hebrews 10:36-39)

 

By: Daniel To