The Bread from Heaven
22 On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone— 23 however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks— 24 when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?”
26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
30 Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”
32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” – John 6:22-40 (NKJV)
There are many well-educated theologians who will read my post and observe the context, reflect on what manna and bread represented throughout Scripture, and explain how Jesus was presenting Himself as the Messiah. That is great! Please, keep teaching.
This is for the man or woman who does not know the great depths of His Word.
Jesus is waiting to show you His peace. He will feed you. He will give you life. He is the light that you have been waiting to see.
When I was trying to find the answer to many things, I was in a place of despair. It was a place of loneliness. I was empty. I was ALWAYS trying to fill a giant hole with things. Yes, I have told this story before, but there is really no other way to explain it. The life in which we live has many of these “things” that we latch onto. We can identify ourselves through these many things. Think about it. We identify ourselves with our financial status, our talents, our interests. We fill that “void” with music, materials, selfishness, vanity, or a “self-made” proclamation. We dig into the many options, and desperately try to make our selections into who we are.
I identified myself through music. Through sarcasm and imperious attitude. I was a man who would break the laws of the land in order to fill myself with pleasures that were actually destroying me from the inside out. I’d run from one to the next. Running into walls, pits, and dead-ends. I kept running. I had to find the next plug for the void.
I ran into a deep hole. Not like any other I had fallen into before. There was no light at all there. It was so empty. It was so horrible and desolate. I just wanted to end the experience. It was time to stop running.
Someone encouraged me to listen to a man speak about finding a power within. Not a Christian message. But through that message, God had a bigger plan for me. He showed me Jesus. I opened up this void within, and He poured in TRUTH.
The food and drink that God provides, is Jesus. I won’t tell you that you have to go to a building to find Him. You don’t have to say Hail Marys or be beaten by a religious cult. You simply have to believe. You have to become His friend. You have to read about Him. Learn about Him. Let His Holy Spirit speak to your heart. Read His Word. Pray to Him. Let Him in.
I am a genuine man. I try to be honest. I don’t say things about God to entertain or appease. I do it because He is the light that we all long for. He is the healer to a temporary problem. He is the nourishment, for the whole world. Honestly, Jesus is what we all need to fill our void. Take it from a guy who earnestly searches for truth. I am not a great theologian, but I am a man who has been transformed by His presence.
“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”