“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.
“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.” – Psalm 63:1 (NASB)
Do you ever want something so much that you actually yearn for it? David was in the dry desert spiritually and emotionally when he wrote these words. His whole body yearned for God much like a thirsty person craves water. He described the place as being dry and without water to drink. You and I may not be in that kind of a place physically but we might still share some of the thoughts that David had. I’m thinking of the words, “my soul thirsts for you.” David’s heart and soul longed for close fellowship with God and the reason for that is given in the first words of our verse. David could tell God “you are my God;” This he had learned by past experience and that’s why he longed always for close fellowship with God. Can we say the same? If we have experienced this promise that the Lord is our God, we’ll be always longing for constant fellowship with Him – it is a natural outcome for us to desire and seek the close presence of God and He has promised it to us today and forever.
““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.