T he crowd cannot get enough of Jesus. They have never experienced anyone so wonderful! And he is right here, walking among them! He heals the sick and multiplies bread and fish so thousands can eat and be satisfied. Being present at the amazing multiplication of food and being physically filled must have felt incredible.
The next day the crowd finds him and ask many questions. Jesus knows they are looking for yesterday’s miracle again, but the satisfaction of physical hunger was meant to go beyond meeting the present need for food. Jesus intends the miracle to point toward himself as God’s gift of life. So he offers the people a different type of bread, the bread of life that satisfies not physically but far more completely.
The crowd knows their ancestors experienced daily manna from heaven in the desert, and so they expect this miracle of sustenance to be the same. Jesus promises more. When Jesus declares, “I am the bread of life,” he promises a spiritual sustenance to those who believe in him so they will never hunger or thirst for truth. Jesus uses the language of daily physical need to show us how integral our relationship with God is. Jesus offers to meet our constant need for God’s presence in our lives. Just as bread and water sustain us physically, Jesus—the Bread of Life—offers divine sustenance for our souls.
Will we accept Jesus’ invitation? Believing is not always easy; but when we do, our Savior promises to satisfy us and give us life. All we need to do is come to him and say, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus, bread of heaven, guide me as I walk through my life circumstances today. I come to you, and I believe in you. Amen.
David thinks he has gotten away with adultery and murder, but God sends Nathan to tell David a story. The story angers David, but Nathan reveals that the story is really about David’s own sin. Indeed, it can be tempting to condemn others’ sin, while we justify our own sin. Psalm 51 is David’s appeal to God for forgiveness and restoration. If we want to please God in our own lives, what does this look like? Ephesians tells us that the signs of a redeemed life include humility, love, patience, and building up one another (the opposite of what David displayed). In John, Jesus has crowds following him because they want a free meal. The lasting nourishment they truly need, Jesus teaches, comes through believing that God has sent him.
• Read 2 Samuel 11:26–12:13a. The Lord has put away your sins. How has God’s forgiveness changed your life?
• Read Psalm 51:1-12. When have you felt “unclean” before God? How did God restore you?
• Read Ephesians 4:1-16. Who has been essential in your walk with Christ?
• Read John 6:24-35. God’s presence in our lives is as important as food. How do you feed your soul?
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