Bread of Life
“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.” - John 6:35 When Jesus said, “I am the bread of life,” He was not coining a poetic phrase. Jesus had just fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread, demonstrating His ability to provide for their physical needs. He reminded His disciples of God’s provision to the children of Israel when manna from heaven appeared each morning on the desert floor and fed a nation.
Bread sustains life, and God provides.
But Jesus wants us to see beyond the physical need, to our spiritual need for sustenance. We need to be fed, and Jesus offers Himself as the Sustainer of life.
Author Charles Allen recounts the story of European orphans at the end of World War II. Many hungry and malnourished children were gathered up and placed in secure camps. They were well fed and cared for. Despite the best of attention and care, they had trouble sleeping. They seemed restless, anxious and afraid. Finally a psychologist found a solution that was eventually adopted at other centers with war orphans.
Each child was put to bed at night, after a good meal, with a slice of bread. It was just to be held, not eaten. The children went to bed subconsciously holding onto the assurance that they would have food for the next day. The results were amazing, as the children began to sleep restfully, feeling safe, and secure. The bread gave them hope for tomorrow.1
The Bread of Life, Jesus, gives us hope for the future.
Knowing that we can hold on to Him during the dark nights of our lives, and that He will be with us when we wake in the morning, to feed us, nourish us, and nurture us, is what will enable us to carry on.
“I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread …For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints.” —David, Psalm 37
- Allen, Charles, “God’s Psychiatry for the Troubled Soul” (Revell, 1984). P. 15-16.