True Sustenance

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And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35

I still remember the day when I first caught sight of what it was that Jesus was actually talking about in this verse.

If we are looking for something or someone who will sustain us in and though life we must come to Him.

Jesus says, he who comes to me will never hunger.

It is only Jesus who can feed and sustain our spirit and soul. He is the only One who can give us that which will satisfy, that portion in life that will not fade away nor run flat or wither with age. This is so because He alone is the Everlasting One. He alone will endure forever.

Bread of Life oh Bread of Life Thou art the One who from everlasting to everlasting will not pass away. You are the Eternal One.

You are the source of life, You are the Shepherd who will always feed my soul, You will lead me beside still waters and make me to lie down in green pastures that I may not hunger or thirst.

Again, Jesus had this to say:

I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” John 6:48-51, 53-58

Here Jesus touches on the issue of the manna in the wilderness. He was doing this in order to touch on an issue that the Jews knew well. The story of Moses and the children of Israel in the wilderness was taught to all the children as they grew up. Each and every grown Jew knew of the manna, what it was, how long it lasted, how they got it and how they had complained about it also. The people in the wilderness complained nearly every day about what God had done for them. They never stopped complaining. So when Jesus brought up this issue it would have reminded those around Him that they were descendants of the ones who received Gods provision but never received His blessing in that they never entered the promised land because all they could do was complain about what God had done for them.

If you remember the story, only two of the original Children of Israel entered into the Promised land, Joshua and Caleb.

Now that is a bit of an aside as my aim is to point out something I have only just seen.

Jesus was offering the Jews something much better than that which was given to the people in the wilderness.

Here we see that The Bread of Life Himself was in fact offering the people something so much better.

He was offering them Himself. He was the Bread of Life. The Bread He was offering them was and still is a food that was of far surpassing quality, a bread that was not going to rot by the following morning and be full of maggots if they took too much. This was a Bread with no restriction on the amount that we can partake of. There is no limit to the amount of Life we can receive from Jesus. He has given His Life for us and to us so that we can feed endlessly upon an inexhaustible source and supply.

Again, take a look at what Israel did. They had been delivered from Egypt, delivered from Pharaoh and his army with miraculous passage supplied for them through the Red Sea and yet not long after that they started to whinge and complain because they were missing all the leeks and onions they had left behind.So God steps in and supplies them with His own special food. He was giving them bread for life. Sustenance from heaven and miraculously.

But what did they do? They complained. They could not see what God was doing for them.

Are we also so thick that we cannot see what God has done for us.

Here in John the Jews murmured amongst themselves about who the Bread of Life was. They questioned His credentials and said could this Man have come down from Heaven? He had only just finished feeding the five thousand and here they were questioning who He was and what He had just said about being the True Bread from Heaven.

Jesus came to these people to give them another opportunity to turn to God. There forefathers had missed out and they were about to also as they stuck their heads in the sand yet again and refused to accept Gods provision.

What is it with Gods people that they will always question God on the basis of who or what He provides?

All through the old Testament the people rejected God time after time. They would turn to Him one moment and the next be doing evil in the sight of God.

Jesus says that we must eat His flesh and drink His blood. Does anyone really think that He was speaking other than spiritually?

There is no way the people listening to Him that day were literally going to eat Him and drink His blood.

Jesus was speaking of something far greater, far deeper than anything in the physical realm, He was speaking of spiritual food and drink.

To the Jews it was an offensive thing He was telling them to do. He was in fact telling them to break the Law of Moses. Lets look at Leviticus.

Leviticus 17:10-12 ‘And whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’ Therefore I said to the children of Israel, ‘No one among you shall eat blood, nor shall any stranger who dwells among you eat blood.’

These verses were a prophecy to the people of Israel about the Messiah Who would come and lay His Life down upon the altar of the cross and shed His blood as the final sacrifice to pay the price for everyones sin. He made atonement for all. Hallelujah.
But at that point in time when He spoke this it would have been highly offensive, to a people who could not touch a dead body let alone drink the blood, to have this guy from Nazareth telling them to eat His flesh and drink His blood.

“Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life.”

“…unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.”

Are you feeding on Jesus, His flesh, His blood and receiving the Life that He gives?

Our life here and now and for all eternity is wholly bound up in the Eternal Life of Jesus Christ.

There is no other Life but His.

Will you turn to Jesus with all your heart and feed upon the spiritual Life that He offers all.

He alone is the only One who can truly sustain each of us. It is all about the resources He has at His disposal.

It is His Life being offered to us.

Jesus is the Bread of Life.

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35

Steve

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