“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:47-51)
At the beginning of this chapter in John we find Jesus feeding a multitude of people. This multitude of people had followed Jesus because they saw all of the miracles that He had been doing. He had been healing the sick everywhere he went. After a while, this group of people were getting hungry. Jesus asks Philip where they could buy bread, although Jesus already had a plan about what He was going to do. While they were talking, Peter’s brother, Andrew, mentioned that there was a young boy who had brought his lunch of five loaves of bread and two small fish. Jesus told the disciples to sit the men down. When they sat them down there were about five thousand men. Jesus takes the loaves of bread, gives thanks and distributes it out to the disciples to give to the men. Afterwards, when all were full, they gathered up the leftovers and filled up twelve baskets. Jesus leaves from this place and crosses over to Capernaum. The people finally realize that Jesus and the disciples have left. They get in their ships and go to Capernaum and find Him there. Jesus turns and says to the multitude:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” (John 6:26)
Jesus was telling this multitude that they were seeking Him for the wrong reasons and ultimately, for the wrong bread. He then tells them that He is the bread of Life. And when you eat of that Bread you will never hunger again.
Jesus is the Bread that the world needs. He is the Bread that the church needs. Anytime anything other than Jesus is preached from our pulpits, those who are hearing are being fed and, sometimes, even filled, the wrong things. However, this filling is temporary and will eventually go away and leave them empty and hungry again. If someone preaches their own agendas, programs or opinions, they will end up Spiritually starving the congregation and, as a result, they will die Spiritually. Paul tells us:
“…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach…” (Colossians 1:27-28)
Paul was admonishing us to preach Jesus when we preach. When we teach, teach Jesus. When we give Bible studies have Jesus as the center of the study. When we visit the elderly they should see Jesus in us. Everyone that we come in contact with should see Jesus. What he was saying is that in everything we do and everywhere we go, we should leave a trail of Bread crumbs!
“He saith to him…, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” (John 21:16)
We are feeding the sheep. But what are we feeding them? Is it our own bread? Is it bread that will keep them full just for a little while? Or is it the Bread that will give them everlasting life? Is it the living Bread? The multitude ate bread on that day but they became hungry again the next day. Jesus even told them that their fathers did eat manna in the wilderness and now they are dead (John 6:49). They are dead because they didn’t eat the right Bread. They didn’t die because they weren’t fed. They died because the bread they ate was physical bread. It wasn’t the Bread of Life (John 6:48). It wasn’t the Bread of Heaven (John 6:51). The sheep are hungry and they need Bread. They need Jesus.
If the problems with the world was just law-related, He would have sent a lawyer. If the problems we face were financial, He would have sent a banker. But the world was lost, so He sent a Savior. We were hungry so He sent us Bread. And His Bread doesn’t have an expiration date.