title no. 53 – ‘the bread of life’
John 6 V31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
V32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
V33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, & giveth life unto the world. V34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. V35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; & he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Jesus was in his home city of Capernaum and met people who had been following him. He declared to them that day that he was the bread of life. When he said ‘I am’ – he was meaning the great ‘I am’ of the Old Testament. When Moses left speaking with God to go back to his people – the Hebrews – he said who will I say hath sent me. God replied say ‘I am’ hath sent you. Our Lord Jesus was now taking that title upon himself – for he is indeed the Lord God Almighty.
I am the bread of life. In this very chapter where he had just fed the 5000 people he said I am the bread of life. The Jews who knew their history said the God had given them manna in the wilderness. Manna means bread from heaven. There was no food in the desert and God sent down bread from heaven faithfully every day so they could survive the wilderness crossing.
The Lord Jesus went further by saying my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. He was meaning his own self. Jesus was the bread of heaven personified – the bread of God in person. The bread of God is he – Jesus meant himself – he giveth life unto the world.
I am the bread of life – that’s Jesus identity
he that cometh to me – that’s mans responsibility
shall never hunger; – that’s absolute certainty.
Howard McNally 13.10.11