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About-Him.Com Devotional 08-14-2010
I AM, the Bread of Life
In John 6:35 Jesus appropriated the unmentionable name of God unto Himself and declared: “ I AM the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
In John 6, Jesus had a running discourse with His antagonists. Some had actually witnessed Jesus feeding a crowd of four thousand men plus women and children, but they were not in the least impressed (Jn. 6:26). I’m sure that word had also reached them of Jesus walking on a raging sea and then calming the storm with a simple word. Still they would not believe! They discounted the miracle of feeding the four thousand by comparing the manna that their fathers had eaten in the wilderness and attributing it’s source to Moses. They basically said, “Hey, Moses fed two million of us in the wilderness and you only fed four thousand.” Why don’t you show us a sign that tops Moses and then we will believe on You. Jesus let them know it was His Father who supplied the natural bread in the wilderness. It only sustained life for a while. Their fathers all died in th e wilderness. However His Father was now offering the spiritual bread of heaven for their eternal salvation, but they would not believe.
Are men any different today? I don’t think so. More to the point: Am I ever like that? This world is reeling in despair and facing global meltdown, yet many belittle the free gift of salvation that Jesus purchased for all. He purchased our salvation with the true bread of heaven which was His shed blood and broken body. Many today, even Christians misapply the gifts of daily bread as being only for their daily physical sustenance. But how blessed it is to recognize the Lord Jesus for Who He is and avail ourselves of all His heavenly provision. Yes, He has and still does supply my daily physical bread, but how much more blessed is it to feast on the bread of heaven.
John 6:51 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.
Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].
John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
Psalms 119:103 ¶ How sweet are thy words unto my taste! [yea, sweeter] than honey to my mouth!
Psalms 19:10 More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
We don’t know what is coming upon this world. Many have exhausted their savings and lost their homes and jobs. Our monetary system is on the brink of collapse. We could wake up in the morning and find that our almighty dollar isn't worth the paper that it's printed on. Presidents and politicians of all stripes have proven that they don’t have the answer and are not inclined to look to heaven to find it. Regardless of conditions, we can rejoice because Jesus has all the answers. He has promised to never leave or forsake us, even until the end of the world (Mt. 28:20). Our spiritual hunger and thirst is continually satisfied as we walk and talk with Him. We have an assurance that we will be kept and nurtured by the One who fed the multitude and calmed the angry sea. He came down from heaven and offered Himself in death that all who receive Him might live and commune with Him, both now and eternally.
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