Saturday, August 4

Come and believe

Scripture: 2 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 34, John 6

John 6:34-35 Then they said, “Sir, give us this bread always.”  

35 “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them.  “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again.”

Observation

After Jesus feeds a crowd of thousands, they want to make Him king.  Jesus slipped away to the other side of the lake, but they followed Him, hoping for more free food!  Jesus tries to raise their desires above the level of physical need.  “Don’t work for food that perishes, but for food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man gives you.”  But they don’t get it.  When they ask for another feeding miracle, Jesus answers that He is the bread of life—He is the food they really need, and all who feed on Him (come to Him and believe in Him) will have eternal life.

Application

Jesus always made Himself the issue.  It sets Him apart from everyone else.  “Give us this bread—feed us,” the crowd said.  Jesus replied, “I am the bread—feed on Me.”  The satisfaction we long for, the life we hope for is only found in Jesus.  It’s not found in something Jesus gives us or does for us—it’s found in Jesus Himself.  

So Jesus invites us to come to Him and believe in Him.  He invites us into relationship, to be His friends, followers, believers.  And these verbs are in the present tense, indicating an ongoing relationship rather than a one time action: we keep coming, we keep believing, we keep close to Jesus.  

The life you’re looking for is found in Jesus!  Come and believe!

Prayer: Lord, help me stay close to You—keep coming to You and believing in You—because You alone are the bread of life!