I Am the Bread of Life
By: R.L. Wilson | ©2020
I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)
When Jesus made that declaration, it was the day after He had fed a crowd of 5,000 men with just five barley loaves and two fish—one boy’s lunch. Since the text clearly indicates that there were 5,000 men, it’s not unreasonable to assume the crowd was much larger. We know at least one child was in the crowd (the boy with the lunch), and likely there were also a number of women. Some estimate the crowd could actually have been more like 10,000. And remember, not only did all the people eat until they were full, the disciples also collected 12 baskets full of leftovers!
A few verses later Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” I’m sure many who heard Him thought about the manna God had provided for their forefathers in the wilderness. Manna “came down from heaven” and provided what they needed, all they needed, to survive. And it was plentiful. Enough for everyone to eat and be filled.
John Caylor makes an interesting comment in his book, the Great I AM’S of Jesus. He says, “[The multitude] had forgotten their hunger, but Jesus did not fail to recognize their need.”
How many of us have forgotten, or are not even aware of our need for spiritual nourishment, the “bread of life”? How often have we neglected to feed on the Scriptures, or to feed our souls by communing with our Father? Don’t forget Jesus’ words in Matthew 4:4: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Are you hungry? Warren Wiersbe challenges us,
Hunger is something God has built into the human body to remind us to eat, because without food and water, we will die. But there is a deeper spiritual hunger in the human heart that can never be satisfied with anything other than God Himself and the gifts of grace He shares with us. “Thou has made us for Thyself,” wrote Augustine, “and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”
 John Caylor, The Great “I AM’S” of Jesus (SolidChristianBooks.com, Kindle Edition), p. 3.
 Warren W. Wiersbe, Jesus in the Present Tense: The I AM Statements of Christ (David C. Cook, Kindle Edition), p. 30.