“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35 (NASB)
It was a practice of Jesus when He was on earth teaching the people about Himself to use common everyday experiences and ideas to underscore who He truly was. Hunger and thirst are familiar to every person and who does not wish to never be hunger or thirsty again? In these words, Jesus is not speaking about our physical hunger and thirst. He is speaking about how He satisfies our spiritual needs. He was answering people who had been so impressed at the way He had fed thousands of people the day before. Like them, He wants them to recognize that we have spiritual needs and that He is able to meet such needs for us. This is our promise. We need to constantly turn to our Lord Jesus for the needs of our hearts and souls. It is not enough just to believe in Jesus as our Savior. We need to always be looking to Him to satisfy our spiritual longings. Jesus says if we constantly trust Him we will never be unsatisfied.
“Ill-gotten gains do not profit, But righteousness delivers from death. The Lord will not allow the righteous to hunger, But He will reject the craving of the wicked.” – Proverbs 10:3 (NASB)
It is common to wonder why those who act wickedly seem to prosper from their evil actions. We want fairness in life even though we may not fully understand what fairness might be in any given situation. Also, it is certain that we can be tempted to do what is not right where we might “get away with it.” By giving into temptation any benefit or pleasure is only temporary. Rationalizing “nobody’s really hurt” is a false means of excusing ourselves. Wisdom teaches us differently and we have learned the value of heavenly wisdom in the first chapters. In continuous discourse, the nature and value of heavenly wisdom has been contrasted with the fascinations of sinful folly. In Chapter 10, the proverbs are given mostly as unconnected sentences of profound thought, and observation⸺ using antithetical or illustrative form. We are taught by comparison of two means to live or two promises. Today’s verse for example, God promises to not allow the righteous to go hungry while the ultimate benefit to the wicked will be fail. The way of the wicked is a loser’s way but the way of the righteous is the way to promises of blessings.
““For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”” – John 6:33-35 (ESV)
Unbelief is overcome only by the Holy Spirit. Otherwise it is a powerful evil influence as we see demonstrated in today’s passage. Those to whom Jesus was speaking had been a part of the large crowd that had been fed to their filling with miraculous created bread and fish. 5,000 was the number of men not including the women and children. Possibly as many as 20,000 had been fed. They continue to ask Jesus for a sign that they could hang their belief on⸺a meal of fish that never swam in the lake was not enough. The people don’t get it. All they could think of was their physical hunger. They wanted more. Jesus makes a better offer and declares “I AM the bread of life.” That is the promise, if we believe in Jesus, we will not have a gnawing hunger for spiritual peace with God. Jesus also promises that those who believe will never thirst. It’s a promise of unending bread and water for our spiritual lives. Because of their unbelief, Jesus repeats with “Truly, truly” in John 6:47-48,. Unbelievers fail to accept the miracle of eternal life Jesus promised to those who believe.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. – John 6:35 (NASB)
The Gospel of John records seven occasions of Jesus declaring His program and who He is with “I AM” statements. He selectively connects some of these claims to signs authenticating His claims. In today’s passage Christ announces, “I Am the Bread of Life.” It follows after the feeding of more than 5000 people from only five small loaves and two fish. They clamored for more signs. For them it was all about their physical needs but Jesus knows their need is spiritual. The miracle of manna provided in the wilderness, Jesus told them it came from His Father, not Moses. The bread Jesus offers is Himself and He too comes from The Father in heaven. The bread which he offers is eternal life to those who believe. The only way to get that bread was to believe what Jesus said and why He came to earth. “Lord, give us this bread” they asked. “I AM the bread of life,” Jesus replied. “My promise is to all who come to Me will receive God’s provision of life and won’t be spiritually hungry or thirsty again.” If you have not, believe Jesus now and receive an abundant and fulfilled spiritual life today.