The phrase “Bread of Life” is commonly used in Christian circles to refer to Jesus Christ. But where does it say in the Bible that Jesus is the Bread of Life? Let’s explore.
John 6:35 – “I am the bread of life”
In John 6:35, Jesus declares, “I am the bread of life.” This statement comes after he performs the miracle of feeding 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish. The people were amazed by this miracle and followed Jesus, but he tells them that they are only seeking him for physical sustenance and not for spiritual sustenance.
Jesus goes on to explain that just as physical food sustains our physical bodies, he is the spiritual food that sustains our souls. He says in John 6:51, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
John 6:48 – “I am the bread of life”
In addition to John 6:35, Jesus also refers to himself as the Bread of Life in John 6:48. He says, “I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die.”
In this passage, Jesus is contrasting himself with the manna that God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness. While manna sustained their physical bodies temporarily, Jesus offers eternal life through faith in him as the Bread of Life.
1 Corinthians 10:16-17 – Communion as participation in Christ’s body and blood
While not explicitly using the phrase “Bread of Life,” 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 speaks to a similar concept:
“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”
In this passage, Paul is describing the practice of communion, or the Lord’s Supper. He explains that when Christians partake of the bread and wine during communion, they are participating in Christ’s body and blood. This reinforces the idea that Jesus is the Bread of Life and that through him we can have eternal life.
In conclusion, while the phrase “Bread of Life” may not be used extensively throughout the Bible, there are several passages that refer to Jesus as such. John 6:35 and John 6:48 both contain direct statements from Jesus himself claiming to be the Bread of Life.
Additionally, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 speaks to the concept of participating in Christ’s body and blood through communion. By understanding these passages and their significance, Christians can deepen their understanding and appreciation for Jesus as the Bread of Life.