Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:32-35)
I hope that we get to see manna when we get to heaven. I cannot imagine what it must have looked like. Some scholars say that it could be kneaded and baked and that it tasted however you wanted it to taste. Imagine if you went out in your yard in the morning and there was food from heaven lying all over the lawn. Would we complain about the boring food supply, or would we gratefully gather every morsel? How often have we shaken our heads as the spoiled Israelites complained to Moses about their provision? Yet, lying before us each new day is a fresh supply of joy, peace, hope, faith, peace and grace! Are we gratefully gathering everyone, or are we so caught up with the issues of life that we disregard God’s daily provision?
The real manna, or “Bread,” is Jesus Christ. Sent down from heaven by The Father, The Son gives life to the world! And just as the Israelites asked, “What is this?” when they first saw manna, so the Jews asked, “Who is this?” The Son of God; all man and all God, this divine creation stumped even the most learned of men.
Called everything from devil to messiah, He was misunderstood. While the original manna could only sustain the Israelites physically, Jesus, the Bread of God, has everything that man needs, to be sustained physically, emotionally and Spiritually for eternity. Filled with compassion, mercy, grace and forgiveness, He honored His Father and made the way for any whosoever to taste and see that He is good!
As our Savior, Teacher, Counselor, Friend, Intercessor, Lord, Healer and Guide, Jesus sustains us. Just as the Israelites were nutritionally blessed with only manna, so are we completely sustained by The One, True Savior. We have lost our cravings for the gods of this world and have discovered that He’s really all we need. With every taste or revelation, we are nourished with Wisdom and Knowledge, and long for another morsel of The Bread of God. How we thank The Father that He loved us enough to send us this Bread to redeem, refresh and nourish us.
How blessed we are when we hear Jesus say, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty!” Hallelujah!!!
Read: John 6:50-51
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on The Nature of Christ's Kingdom on November 24th, 2018 - Watch Sermon