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Jesus Is The Bread Of Life
28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
30 Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father 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 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
35 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. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:28-40, NKJV) (John 6:28-40, NKJV)
6:28-29 Works Vs. Work
Notice that they asked what “the WORKS of God” were. Jesus tells them “the WORK” of God. This is the work of God – this how they can work for that food, that they believe in Jesus Christ. It is a singular thing.
Too many of us think that we must do many things, that there’s got to be something besides just believing in Jesus Christ. But there’s not. Ephesians 2 says:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
We think, “I have got to do good works so that God will like me better so that I will be worthy of salvation so that I will be in favor with God.” But what we do not understand is that any good works we do, God created beforehand for us to do. So our good works do not give us favor with God, we are able to do good works because we already have favor with God.
Believe In Him
If believing in Jesus Christ is the one work that we are expected to do, we should put our whole effort into it. The word believe means to commit your trust to or be committed to. If we say that we believe in Christ, we need to be fully and completely committed to Him, with every area of our lives. Not just in church, not just around Christians, but fully, entirely, completely committed in every area and aspect of our work, our recreation, our relationships, our thoughts; everything. That is what believing really means.
6:30-31 Believing Signs
Here they are back to bread again. “You want us to believe in you? Show us a sign! How about bread? Give us some bread to eat!” Of course, this same multitude had already seen that sign just yesterday. One thing about a faith that’s based on miracles, its appetite is never satisfied.
Our faith is not to be by sight because then it’s not faith! The very definition of faith is about not seeing it.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Remember what Jesus told Thomas?
Jesus said to him, “Thomas because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
Many of us are guilty of thinking, “If Joe at work could just see a miraculous healing, I know he would get saved! If God would just supernaturally appear to my brother-in-law, I know he would become a Christian!” But it is not true. Do not forget that the Israelites in the desert fell into faithlessness all the time, yet every morning they saw the miracle of manna. Every afternoon, they saw the pillar of cloud, and every night, they followed the pillar of fire. Yet, in spite of all these miracles, they were often in unbelief.
The true desire for miracles is evidenced in the multitudes’ request: “Give us.” Many people’s true motivation in desiring signs and wonders is that they want God to give to them.
6:32 It Is Not Moses
Jesus corrects them, “Wait a minute, multitude.” It was not Moses who provided the manna; it was God. Too often, we are guilty of looking at the messenger instead of the Messiah. We look at the delivery boy instead of the Deliverer. Moses was just the mailman. The package came from God.
John 6:33-35 Jesus Is The Bread Of Life
Here Jesus says that the manna which came down from heaven was a picture of Himself. Maybe you’re not familiar with manna. What is it? Actually, that’s what the word manna means, What is it?
In the book of Exodus, when the Israelites were in the desert with no food, God provided miraculously for them. Six days a week, when they woke up in the morning, there it was on the earth; bread from heaven. It was sweet, tasting like wafers with honey. It was white, having the appearance of coriander seed.
God gave them specific instructions about gathering it. Each man was responsible for gathering for his tent. They were not to try and eat yesterday’s manna because it would breed worms and become foul. Instead, they had to gather it each day, specifically, in the morning, because when the sun got hot, it would melt.
Jesus here says that He is the true bread from heaven. And as we look at it, we find that it is a perfect picture of Christ:
- These people that God loved were in the wilderness and would die without His intervention. He supernaturally sent bread from heaven, perfectly providing for their need. All the people of the world are in the same situation, wandering in a wilderness of sin, doomed to die because the wages of sin is death. But God intervenes and supernaturally sends down Jesus Christ. His perfect provision for exactly what we need.
- The bread had to be gathered, appropriated. It didn’t jump into everybody’s tent; each man had to gather for himself and his family. Whoever refused to gather it himself would die. We see the same circumstance with the Savior. He is there, available. Anyone who desires the Bread of Life may gather Him.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
3. If the men were faithful to gather it, then everyone in the house could eat of it as well. We see that principle in the work of Christ. If you as a father or single mom are faithful to gather the Bread of Life and bring Him into your household, then each member of your family will have an opportunity to partake of Him as well. Sure, they can be stubborn and refuse to eat, but without your gathering, they will surely starve.
Remember the circumstances of the Philippian jailer. When an earthquake shook the foundations of the prison that Paul and Silas were in, all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. Thinking that the prisoners had escaped, the jailer drew his sword to kill himself:
28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household. (Acts 16:28-34)
If the head of the house is faithful to gather the Bread of Life, then all in the house have their own opportunity to partake of that bread.
4. They also could not hoard it; try and keep it for another day. They could not load up on Sunday to have enough for the week. The manna had to gathered every single day. Old manna would rot and become foul. So too with our gathering the Bread of Life. We must appropriate Him every day. You can’t eat from the devotions and reading you had last week. You can’t depend on the Bible study and prayer that you had last month. You must seek Christ new each day.
5. It had to be gathered in the morning. When the sun came out, it would melt. This is an important principle to understand. David wrote in Psalm 5:
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up. (Psalms 5:3)
We must seek God daily in the morning. If you wait, if you think, “Oh, I will catch Him on my lunch hour” or “Lord, I will seek you tonight after dinner,” then the opportunity for victory in your day will certainly be gone. The sun gets hot and melts it away. What does the sun represent? Affliction and persecution. By the time lunchtime comes around, you’ve been afflicted with trials and tribulations. You’ve been persecuted. And you were not prepared for it because you did not gather the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ, that morning. Jesus is the bread of life.
Manna is a perfect picture of Jesus Christ because Jesus is the bread of life. There are many more details we could examine if we had the time: It was compared to seed, and so is Christ. It was white and pure, just as Christ is pure, sinless, dressed in white. It was sweet like honey, and so is the Lord Jesus Christ. As the psalmist wrote:
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (Psalms 34:8)
Jesus certainly is the true Bread from Heaven, the Bread of Life.
6:36-40 Come To me
Jesus tells the multitude, as He tells us today, that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. We are all trapped in a wilderness of sin, a death sentence hanging around our necks, because the wages of sin is death. God has supernaturally provided the Bread of Life, His own Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus took that death sentence of ours on Himself when He died on the cross. And if we just believe, if we just receive that, then we will live eternally with Him.