Tuesday

15 July 2014

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” (v. 35)


Background

The narrative of John's Gospel moves from the miraculous satisfaction of hunger (John 6:5-13) to a discourse upon the "bread of life", in which Jesus speaks of the true bread from heaven with an authority greater than that of Moses.

The people asking, 'What sign are you going to give us?', recalls Moses and the story of the manna, the bread from heaven, that sustained the people in the wilderness (Exodus 16). Jesus takes hold of this recollection and asserts that it was not Moses who gave the gift of bread, but God.

Jesus then identifies God's life sustaining gift of bread with himself: "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." This message is then firmly underlined with the assertion that such coming to Jesus is the will of the Father, and all who so see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life.


To Ponder

  • What are the signs that people seek today?
  • What signs help you to glimpse the presence of God today, and how do they speak to you of eternal life?


Bible notes author: The Revd Will Morrey

 

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