Advent Flow #22 - NAME OF GOD: Bread of Life
““For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘always give us this bread.’ 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.’”
– John 6:33-35 NIV
NAME OF GOD: Bread of Life
by Don Mershon
Jesus says three major things here. First, he recognizes the hunger for bread beyond physical bread. "They said to him, 'Lord, give us this bread always.'" This was a mixed crowd of believers and unbelievers, but when they understood that Jesus was talking about something other than physical bread, they immediately wanted it.
This is true all over the world. You cannot go anywhere on earth today without finding people hungry for something more than a full belly and a comfortable home. There is a hunger in us that cries for more. Jesus recognized this. Everyone in this crowd wanted whatever it was he was offering. They did not understand what it was, but they wanted it. They sensed there was more to life than bread.
Then Jesus tells the crowd plainly (verse 35) how to eat and partake of the bread of life. He uses two simple things everyone understands: hunger and thirst: "He who comes to me shall never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." What do you do when you are hungry? You eat, and if you keep on eating regularly you will never hunger. What do you do when you are thirsty? You drink, and if you keep on drinking you will never thirst. What Jesus is saying is that if you're hungry, then eating him is coming to him. "Coming" means to see him as present in your life and expecting him to do something -- to act, to comfort, to strengthen, whatever it is. "Eating" means a sense of expectancy that he is available and that he will act. "Drinking" is believing, listening to what he has to say and obeying it. If you keep on doing that you will never thirst. The more you have Jesus in your life, the less hungry and thirsty you will be because you will not have the need to look for other things and people to fill you up.
Prayer: Thank you, Our Father, for the bread that came down from heaven, that Bread of Life which is available to us, Lord, which you have offered to give us, and do give us, as we believe in you. Teach us what these words mean. In Jesus' name, Amen.