In your refrigerator, there may be shelves filled with perishable foods. Possibly containers of fruit and a gallon of milk. Maybe a shelf of uncooked chicken, a bag of vegetables, and cans of condiments. Then, your pantry may be stocked up on non-perishables. While one shelf may have honey and sugar, another may have rice and pasta.
As much as we rely on food and revolve our day around meals, bread easily grows mold after a week, and nonperishable foods don’t last forever either.
When the crowd surrounding Jesus bit into bread He miraculously provided, it was a dream come true. Here was this Man who could take our measly lunch and fill our empty bellies—even send us home with leftovers. Anytime we need anything, poof. He can make it happen! What more could we ever want?!
But they were missing the point. They were too focused on the miracle and the provision; they missed out on the Miracle-Maker and the Provider altogether. They were being short-sighted, only caring about their stomachs being full that day over the state of their souls. So here we see Jesus wanting them to see beyond food and the cravings for the day.
Food will eventually spoil, but Jesus offers the true bread from heaven that will never rot or decay. While they wanted their physical appetite to be satisfied, Christ was saying He is the Bread of life and anyone who comes to Him will never hunger again.
Unfortunately, many turned away and deserted Jesus. They wanted His works but didn’t care about Him. Maybe you know the feeling—someone in your life only cared about what you could do for them, not having an actual relationship with you. Thankfully, Jesus’ invitation still stands, and we can spend our energy seeking the eternal life only the Bread of life and the Son of Man gives.
- Do you seek after Jesus to grow a relationship with Him? Or do you tend to go to God only when you need something or want a miracle?
- May this be our prayer: “Lord, I know that you can do anything. In this chapter of John 6 alone, you multiplied five loaves of bread to feed hundreds and then you walked on water. Truly, all power belongs to you alone. But I want to seek after you, Jesus, and not just the things you can do for me. I love you, Lord!”
Jesus, the Bread of Life
22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the far shore saw that the disciples had taken the only boat, and they realized Jesus had not gone with them. 23 Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten. 24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him. 25 They found him on the other side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
26 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. 27 But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”
28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”
29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”
30 They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? 31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.”
35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. 37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”