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Message of the Day: Jesus is Both Living and Life-Giving!

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.” (John 6:35, NKJV)

This is the first of seven self-description of Jesus introduced by “I am”. In the Greek the words are solemnly emphatic and and echo Exodus 3:14.

Many Jews were determined to find Jesus and make him king. Although he had escaped from them after the feeding of the multitude, they were out the next day looking for him (John 6:22-24).

Jesus knew that these people wanted him to be king not because they felt any spiritual need, but because they thought he had magical powers that could supply all their daily needs. He urged them not to think just of physical and temporal blessings, but to seek the spiritual and eternal life that he offered (John 6:25-27). People cannot earn this life through doing good works; they can only accept it by faith (John 6:28-29). Jesus does not need to make food fall from heaven as in Moses’ day in order to prove his power. he himself is the true bread from heaven (John 6:30-33).

The “bread of life” may mean “the bread that is living” and/or “the bread that gives life.” As the bread of life Jesus is both living and life-giving.

What is implied in v.33 is now made explicit and repeated with minor variations. This bread from heaven is not some common everyday thing that people can have simply to satisfy their appetite. It is a spiritual provision available to those who, being drawn by the Father to the Son, give themselves to him in faith (John 34-37).

Those who receive Christ’s teaching, and believe in him as the greatest atoning sacrifice, shall be perfectly satisfied, and never more feel misery of mind. All the guilt of their sins shall be blotted out, and their soul shall be purified unto God; and being enabled to love him with all their heart, they shall rest, fully, supremely, and finally happy, in their God.

Sources:

Gundry, Robert H. A Survey of the New Testament. Third Edition. Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature Inc., 2002.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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