I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
I had a seminary professor who used to say, “If a little is good, a little more is better, and too much is just right.” That’s what the crowd of five thousand, who had just enjoyed an all-you-can-eat miracle meal, were thinking. The next day they tracked Jesus down and said, “We’re hungry again!”
Jesus explained that His purpose was not to provide buffets but to give His body. He used the feeding of the five thousand to introduce Himself as the Bread of Life. The real bread you need, Jesus said, is “my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” With that statement, Jesus gave a glimpse of the cross. On the cross He would voluntarily sacrifice His body for the sins of the world. Jesus said that anyone who believes in Him as the perfect sacrifice and Life-Giver (i.e., anyone who “eats of this bread”) will “live forever.”
The things of this world do bring a temporary sense of satisfaction. That’s exactly why worldly stuff presents such a danger. We can deceive ourselves into thinking the “next thing” will bring lasting fulfillment…but it brings only momentary fulfillment. Then we are off searching for the “next thing.” Sadly, many will live life searching for “bread and fish” and miss the Bread of Life. That’s a shame…an eternal shame.
Father, I am a spiritual beggar who has been graciously shown the Bread of Life. Give me the opportunity to share that Bread with another beggar. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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