Tuesday, July 6

Jesus is…

Scripture: 1 Chronicles 14-15, John 6

John 6:32–35 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 

34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 

35 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.

Observation

Jesus makes Himself the issue…again.  

After Jesus miraculously fed the crowds, they wanted more free food.  Jesus responded by telling them to work for “the food that endures to eternal life” rather than food that spoils.  Not what they wanted to hear.  

When they pressed the issue and asked for a sign like the manna from heaven, Jesus told them, “It is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” (v. 32-33).  Not what they wanted to hear.

When they said, “Always give us this bread,” Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life.”  Not what they wanted to hear.  

Jesus is the bread of life, the bread that gives life to the world, the bread that satisfies our hunger.  He is the true manna from heaven, a comparison that He makes in these verses and again in v. 48-51, 58.  

Application

Two things.

First, Jesus makes Himself the issue.  Always.  In this chapter, He calls us to believe in Him, trust Him, and “eat Him” to live.  Startling!  In fact it was so shocking that many of His disciples threw in the towel and stopped following Him.  When I read “I am the bread of life” in its context in the story, I stopped and said, “Wow!” because that’s what people must have felt.  It’s an absolutely crazy claim—unless it’s true.  Jesus is the bread that gives life.  Don’t be sidetracked by other issues.  The biggest issue in life is Jesus: who is He and do you believe in Him? 

Second, Jesus is the bread of life that satisfies.  We, like the crowd, seek satisfaction in other ways that will always leave us empty and craving more.  It’s not wrong to desire other things—we need to eat and drink, we need love and friendship.  But only Jesus can satisfy the craving deep within us for life to the full, life as God intended it.  Make Him your highest desire, and feast on Him!  

We had a family BBQ on the Fourth, and I feasted!  It was fun!  What would it look like for me to feast on Jesus today?

Prayer: Lord, help me to find my fulfillment and satisfaction in You, and to keep You as the Big Issue in my life!