Someone said, "if you love it let go, if it does not return, it was never yours - if it does return, it was always yours. If it comes back and eats your food and messes up your house, you either married it or gave birth to it."
Jesus said, "I am the bread of life" (John 6:48). Jesus had just performed one of His great signs by feeding five thousand men with just five loaves and two fish. This miraculous demonstration caused the people to seek more of the same. In seeking for a sign they even reminded Jesus of what Moses did in the wilderness when he fed Israel with manna from heaven. It is this occasion that causes Jesus to speak concerning another type of bread. A bread, not for physical nourishment, but spiritual life.
Certainly this passage reminds us that there is more to us than just our physical nature. On another occasion Jesus said, "...do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who after He has killed has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him" (Luke 12:4-5))! When the apostle John wrote to Gaius, his dear brother in Christ, he said, "I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers" (III John 2). His soul did not prosper because of what he physically ate but because of spiritual food and spiritual exercise. When we seek the word of the Lord we seek that which will satisfy our deepest needs and heal our greatest problems.
There is a need in our society today to eat well. On the physical side this is true. We can through bad choices find ourselves stuffed but under-nourished. This is also a true spiritual danger. Some think that the next book on true spiritual enlightenment is just around the corner. It always is! Still there is only one who is the "bread of life". Like the Athenians some spend their lives "in nothing other than telling or hearing something new" (Acts 17:21). Many find themselves stuffed for sure, but not nourished.
Those who head Jesus that day, said, "Lord, evermore give us this bread". Jesus answered them as He would us, saying, "I am the bread of life..." (John 6:34-35).
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