Red Letter Day 16: I Am the Bread of Life
2015 Lent Blog
Thursday March 5
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. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:35-40)
This is another of the “I am” passage of scripture and here Jesus states he is the Bread of Life. The crowd at this point was asking for a miracle similar to what Moses did when the children of Israel ate manna in the wilderness. Jesus stated that it was not Moses who gave the bread but God. He asked them to seek bread that would not spoil, and to put their faith in Him.
These verses look forward to what Jesus would do on Thursday of Holy Week when he would institute the Lord’s Supper. In that meal Jesus shares his grace with us as we eat the Bread of Life. Holy Communion reminds us of the difference between religions and Christianity. Religions say ‘Do,” where as with Jesus, the Cross, and the Lord’s Supper he tells us “Done.” Look to the Son and see the Jesus, the Bread of Life.
In Christ’s Service,