Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:35-40
Today in the USA with the exception of a sandwich, we tend to view bread as more of an appetizer than part of a meal. But that has not always been the case. Growing up, bread was always on the table during meals as a part of the meal. Historically in the Middle East and the West bread was a dietary staple. There may have not been much if any meat but there was always bread. Even the poor ate bread. To those living in first century Palestine bread was life.
So it is no wonder after Jesus feed the crowd with bread that they would follow Him to Capernaum. Jesus had given them something they could never have enough of. They wanted more. Jesus had more to give them, just not the more they wanted and expected.
There is one thing about bread, no matter how much you eat at some time later you will be hungry again. Bread will satisfy your hunger but it will not keep that hunger from returning. No food we eat will do that. You have a meal and within a few hours you are ready to eat again.
Jesus had a different “Bread of Life” one that once taken will never leave you needing more. Jesus came to feed not the body but the soul. The body will always need to eat but the soul once satisfied by the Bread of Life will never hunger again. Jesus fills the hunger every man and woman have for the spiritual. He fills the “God sized” hole we all have, that longing for more, for life to have meaning, for all creation to have meaning. Jesus is that meaning. He is the way to eternal life, an eternity with God.
Have a blessed day,