I am the bread of life. (John 6:48 NIV)
The gospel of John records several “I Am” statements from Jesus. These seem designed to mirror God’s name given to Moses, “I Am who I Am” (Ex. 3:14). Jesus is the bread of life; the light of the world (John 8:12); the gate for the sheep (John 10:7); the good shepherd (John 10:11); the resurrection and the life (John 11:25); and the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). This expression is also found in John 8:58, “before Abraham was, I am.” And in John 13:19, Jesus said, “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am.“
As the bread of life, Jesus said that the one who comes to him would never go hungry, and the one who believes in him would never be thirsty (John 6:35). And in John 6:51, he said that whoever ate this bread, which was his body, would live forever. We do not literally eat Jesus’ flesh or drink his blood. But when we believe in him, we participate in his life, eating the bread of life, and he satisfies our spiritual hunger and thirst.
The world runs after many things, possessions, relationships, adventure, or other pursuits, hoping to find something that will fill the void within us. But Jesus alone can satisfy that hunger you have that nothing else can. Believe in the Lord Jesus and eat the bread he gives; you will never be hungry again.
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