Why Jesus Is the Bread of Life

Jesus with bread

Jesus, after miraculously feeding a great multitude who came to listen to him describe himself as the “bread of life” in John 6:35. That was the bread he used in feeding the people.

One will wonder why Jesus would call himself “bread”. How can he be eaten? And how can he satisfy the hunger of others?

A bread is a food and without it even for a short time, there is little or no chance for survival.

So when Jesus says he is the bread of life, he means he is the bread (food) needed for life. Without him, there can't be survival in life. He said without him we cannot do anything (John 15:5).

Everyone in the world needs Jesus for survival, except the person is an alien. He is the air that we breathe. That means without Christ in your life you won't feel comfortable. You will feel like you are being suffocated. Life will not make a complete meaning to you. You feel that something is missing in your life, no matter the luxury you may live in.

Apart from bread as a means of survival, bread also brings satisfaction. Christ only can bring true satisfaction to the life of a person.

Many feel they can only get satisfaction when they gain and possess everything, but satisfaction can only be found in a godly life of contentment with Christ.

Some who have gained much without Christ still wonder why they're not still satisfied. Only Christ brings true satisfaction.

Jesus said anyone who comes to him shall never hunger or taste (John 6:35). When someone is not hungry or does not feel thirsty, it simply means he is satisfied and may not even find the desire to gain (eat) more. This can only be found in Christ.

Jesus said except his flesh is eaten and his is blood is drank you can never find life in you (John 6:53). But how can the flesh of Christ be eaten and his blood drank? 

Is he referring to the holy communion? NO!

The flesh and blood of Jesus Christ in the context symbolizes food and water, which is needed daily for survival. A man who hasn't eaten in days, will obviously look malnourished.

Just as we need food daily for survival, so also we need Christ daily for survival. That is why Christ said we don't only need the material bread and food, but the word of God also (Luke 4:4). Jesus is the word (John 1:14).

“How can I live and feed on the bread of life?” “How can I eat and drink the blood of Jesus?”, you may ask.

Doing all those simply means you maintain a constant and consistent link and communion with Christ through his Spirit. This involves all Christian activities and exercises like prayer and the word of God. It also involves doing whatever pleases him and living righteous and in total surrender daily with him through the Holy Spirit.

Even as we seek and feed on our daily material bread, we humbly pray not to ignore the bread that gives true life, which can only be found in Jesus. Amen.

Recommended Resource: The Pursuit of Glory: Finding Satisfaction in Christ Alone by Jeffrey Johnson

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