Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[c]”
32 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.
I Am the Bread
Jesus points out to those looking at the feeding of the 5000 that they are completely missing the point. The crowds that follow him around the shore of Galilee are interested in what he can do and not at who he is. As they see what he can do and they want more, jesus can be seen as serving their nationalistic and private ideals. He doesn’t however just provide bread like a king, he is the bread. Life in relationship with Jesus will result in the most basic appetites being satisfied.
So why isn’t that true for us? Why do we become Christians and still end up with little satisfaction? It’s because we too are like the crowds of Galilee. Many become Christians because Jesus is going to deliver our perceived needs and even our wants. However, Jesus often strips away every distraction – family, friends, dreams, and health – in order to make sure we are left with nothing but the pure sustenance of himself. Jesus doesn’t provide everything we need, he IS everything we need. He is God incarnate.
I am often not satisfied becase I am lost looking for something in this life besides you. Help me not to have to have your gifts taken away because all of my longing is realised in you.
- Who questions Jesus and how?
- How does Jesus turn their question on them?
- What does it mean that Jesus is the bread of life?
- How do you find sustenance in Jesus?
- Is he enough? Really?