The Bread that Cometh Down from Heaven, Part 1
“Jesus therefore said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you to the true bread out of heaven. “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.” John 6:32-33
Jesus spoke these words to a crowd of people who had assembled on one side of the Sea of Galilee at the city of Capernaum. The day before, they had witnessed Jesus miraculously feed 5,000 men (plus women and children) a good meal taken from only five barley loaves and two small fish given him by a young boy. You might say each received a Hungry Man’s Dinner portion with twelve baskets needed to hold the leftovers (See John 6:12)!
But once they had found Jesus on the other side of the lake (today’s Scripture), Jesus said they were only looking for him because they had been fed the loaves and fish the day before, but He also reminded them that the most important food wasn’t physical, but spiritual and eternal. He also told them that although they were recalling the manna-bread God provided and sustained His people with in the wilderness on their way to the Promise Land (See Exodus 16), that bread didn’t last, but He Himself was the true bread of God that cometh down from heaven and that He Himself would satisfy them now and forever!
Is Jesus the true source of your daily strength, hope, joy, and peace? Take courage! John tells us, Jesus not only came to give life to the world, He came to offer life to you and to me! (See John 3:16-17).