As we pick up in the passage, Jesus has done a great miracle. He has feed a multitude, and gotten in a boat and crossed the sea of Galilee. On the other side of the sea, the multitude was seeking Him. But, He declared that they sought Him for bread, but He was sent to bring the Bread of Life.
- John 6:26-35
In this passage, Jesus makes the first of seven great statements, the I Am statements.
The Significance of the Bread of Life
What does bread mean to us? It is a universal commodity. Every culture around the world has some form of bread. Even in ancient times bread was a staple. Bread is a life sustaining commodity and Jesus' comparison is significant.
He said, I AM THE Bread of Life. This is an exclusive claim.
- John 14:6
I AM The Son of God
- Matthew 27:43
- John 1:34
Jesus is the Son, the bread of life. There is no other way to heaven without the son.
- Acts 4:12
There is only one master, Lord, Savior, and God. Jesus is the Messiah, the one and only bread of life.
Who is Jesus?
Jesus is the…
- One who gives meat that leads to eternal life. vs. 27
- One whom the Father has sent, vs. 29a
- One on whom you must believe, vs. 29 b
- True bread from Heaven vs. 32
- One who came down out of Heaven, vs. 33 a
- Bread that gives life to the world, vs. 34
- Bread of life, vs, 35, 48
- One who will quench our hunger and our thirst, vs. 35
- One who does the will of the Father, vs. 38
- Son who will raise up those who believe on him in the last day, vs. 39-40
- One who grants eternal life to those who believe, vs. 40
- One to whom men come who have learned of the Father vs. 45
- One who has seen the Father, vs. 46
- One who provides the bread of which those who eat will not die, vs. 50-51
- LIVING Bread which came down from Heaven, vs. 51
"It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." — John 6:45
What does bread mean in this context?
The bread is that which gives eternal life. He states it is his flesh, and those who eat of it will not die. Vs. 46
He's not talking about the physical bread, but rather the spiritual bread that gives eternal life. It is not the dough, the manna that was sent from Heaven to the Israelite nation, but that He represents the Father, the body that gives life.
This is the bread that we can feast upon. That Jesus died for our sins, without sin. Knowledge of the Word of God that brings eternal life.
The Source of the Bread of Life
Where does the bread of life come from?
It came from Heaven. He makes a comparison to the bread sent from Heaven to the Israelite nation.
- Exodus 16:14-15
There was a long standing tradition in Jewish culture that when the Messiah was come He would restore the MANNA offering.
- John 6:31
There is two possible places the bread could of come, from earth, or Heaven. It came from Heaven. It came from the Father. They had the mistaken view, that the bread came from Moses, but it was not Moses, vs 30-31.
It was from God the Father. Manna was a type and symbol. Jesus says that the teaching of the Father was the true bread, and through him exclusively the bread was come, vs. 36, 37.
It is the Father that brings men to Jesus. He isn’t seeking to do his own will, but rather the will of the Father.
- John 8:28,29
Jesus always does the will of the Father. It is the Father’s will that the saved will be given to Jesus and raised up on the last day.
- John 5:26-29
- John 6:44
The true bread of life comes from the Father. In this context it also comes from Jesus, vs. 44, 51. It comes from Jesus, He is the source of salvation for all mankind.
- John 3:16
The Supping of the Bread of Life
What do we do with the Bread of Life?
- John 6:27
We see a contrast between the physical and the spiritual.
- Matthew 6:19-21
We are to labor for the meat which doesn’t perish. We are to lay up for ourselves treasure in Heaven.
- John 6:49,50
- James 2:17-18
A deep and abiding faith int he one that God said, means we will acknowledge His authority over our lives.
- Matthew 28:18
All authority is given to Him in Heaven and in Earth. Everything we say or do must be proclaimed by this authority.
- Colossians 3:17
In every aspect of our lives we are to do all by His authority. We must hear and learn of the Father. We know the truth through continuing in His word.
- John 8:32
- John 7:16,17
The gospel is the power unto salvation.
- Romans 1:16
In order to learn we must know of the teaching. We must hear and learn. So many times we hear but fail to learn.
- John 8:43
The great invitation that Jesus offers is that we hear and learn from Him.
- Matthew 11:28-29
We are to hear and learn of the Father
Partaking of the Bread of Life
- John 6:31, 58
"Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea;
Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit pants for Thee, O living Word!
Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord, to me, to me,
As Thou didst bless the bread by Galilee;
Then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall;
And I shall find my peace, my all in all.
Thou art the bread of life, O Lord, to me,
Thy holy Word the truth that saveth me;
Give me to eat and live with Thee above;
Teach me to love Thy truth, for Thou art love.
Oh, send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes, and make me see:
Show me the truth concealed within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed I see the Lord."
— Mary A. Lathbury, 1877 and v. 3-4 by Alexander Groves, pub.1913, copyright status is Public Domain
This bread of life, gives life, brings peace.
We need to have the attitude to Study and search the scriptures.
- 2 Timothy 2:15
- Acts 17:11
- Matthew 5:6
- Luke 4:4
We must eat of the bread, eat of his flesh and drink of his blood.
Here we are living the life of Christ. We must keep on eating and drinking. We must follow Him,
- Matthew 16:24,25
These are continuing action verses. We must continue to do so. We must live crucified with Christ?
The Supply of the Bread of Life
What does the bread of life do for us?
- Philippians 1:21
- Matthew 6:33
If we eat of it the bread of life we will never hunger.
- John 6:35
- John 4:14
- John 3:16
We still participate in the resurrection
- Philippians 3:10-11
- 1 Peter 5:6,7
Puts us in Fellowship with the Father
- 1 John 1:3
Live by Jesus
- 2 Peter 1:3-4
We are to do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, in this life and the life to come.
- 1 Corinthians 15:22
- 1 John 4:9
We place before you the bread of life. We see the significance, the source, the supping, and the supply of the bread. Have you eaten of the bread of life?
Jesus came and died on the cross for you and me. Knowing that someone had to take the place of our sins in order to have eternal life.
We are to believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to repent of our sins recognizing that He takes our sin away because of His sinless sacrifice, when we confess His name and are baptized for the forgiveness he offers, we then life a life faithful to Him.