Written by Pastor Lawrence Neisent
Religious “do do” is constantly asking what we can do to please the Lord. Jesus invites us to partake of Him by believing in Him and in this relationship we find true life.
When I think about what Jesus teaching perspective was when he walked on the earth I’m pretty sure it was trying to lift everybody’s perspective to higher levels of life filled with the eternal purposes of God. When I hear preaching on behalf of Jesus today a lot of it is about Jesus giving us the best life this world has to offer – oh yeah and we’re on our way to heaven.
What Jesus announces in this chapter is what ultimately cost him his life.
John 6:31-35 Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.' " 32 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 34 "Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread." 35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
Feeding the 5,000 was where Jesus revealed himself as the bread of life. The crowd’s appetite could only be temporarily satisfied by bread from this world. Jesus was revealing the greater appetites of God’s Kingdom.
We are all hungry for something more. Jesus is revealing that he alone provides access to move from the food of this world, which perishes, to eternal purposes.
Matt 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. NIV
How hungry are you for the things of God? Is the bread of this world holding you captive? Whatever you get into will get into you.
Some people just aren’t “into” the things of God. It’s not that they disagree it’s just that they tend to disconnect. We start praying and they wear out quickly suddenly distracted with other things.
Instead of stirring themselves up to prioritize and take hold of things God they just stand there disengaged with what’s going on in the spirit realm pondering other things. They just don’t seem to get out of it what others do.
When your spirit man is underdeveloped spiritual things are like a workout and you simply wear out quickly. Developing your mind spiritually is vital to your spiritual well-being.
Your body is not saved, it’s going to die. Your mind is in the process of being saved. Your spirit is 100% already saved. Getting your mind into alignment with your spirit is the key to unlocking your destiny.
It is never too late to be what you might have been. The greatest tragedy of indifference is the life you never live and the difference you never make in other people’s lives.
Do you know anybody who is going to live forever? Everybody you know will live forever. Our commission and assignment from God is not just to feed them bread but to introduce them to who Jesus through our surrendered, available lives marked by his sacrificial example.
Jesus said, “I am” the bread of life. He deliberately used the expression God used when God was revealing himself to humanity through Moses, “I am that I am.” Jesus goes on to use this phrase multiple times which infuriates the religious crowd. He uses this phrase seven times according to John’s Gospel:
John 6:35 I am the bread of life.
John 8:12 I am the light of the world.
John 10:7 I am the door of the sheep.
John 10:11 I am the Good Shepherd.
John 11:25 I am the resurrection and the life.
John 14:6 I am the way the truth and the life.
John 15:1 I am the true vine.
Jesus is not just immortal meaning he has no ending. He’s eternal having no beginning or end.
When he tells them he came from heaven he’s speaking of his pre-existence. Jesus is daily bread to sustain true life not cake for special occasions.
GP4RL: Make time to “pray attention” reading Scripture and listening to God every day this week. Take communion with someone you love.