When Jesus said, “I am the bread of life,” (John 6:35) He was making a powerful statement about His identity and purpose. But what exactly did He mean by this metaphor? Let’s explore this topic in-depth.
Understanding the Context
To understand what Jesus meant by “bread of life,” we need to look at the context in which He spoke these words. In John 6:1-15, we read about Jesus feeding a large crowd with just five barley loaves and two fish.
The people were amazed by this miracle and wanted to make Him their king. However, Jesus withdrew from them and went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.
The next day, the crowd followed Him and found Him in Capernaum. They asked Him for more signs so that they could believe in Him. In response, Jesus told them that they were only seeking Him because He fed them, not because they understood the significance of His miracles.
Jesus as the Bread of Life
Then Jesus made a bold statement: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). This statement caused confusion among the crowd because they took it literally and wondered how Jesus could give them His flesh to eat.
However, Jesus was not talking about literal bread but spiritual nourishment. He was offering Himself as the source of eternal life for those who believe in Him. Just as physical bread sustains our bodies, Jesus sustains our souls.
The Importance of Belief
Belief is an essential component of receiving this spiritual nourishment that Jesus offers. In John 6:47-48, Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.” This means that we must put our faith in Jesus as the Son of God who came to save us from our sins.
In conclusion, when Jesus said, “I am the bread of life,” He was offering Himself as the source of spiritual nourishment for those who believe in Him.
We must put our faith in Him to receive this eternal life that He offers. As we partake in communion, we are reminded of this truth and are invited to partake in the bread that represents His body, broken for us.