“Then they said to Him, ‘Lord, give us this bread always.’ 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.’ “ John 6:34–35
Just the day before, on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, they had come to Jesus. They had heard his teaching and they had eaten of the loaves and the fishes that he had multiplied. They had desired to crown him as their king and he had sent them away. Some of them had heard him command his disciples to take their boat and cross over to the other side. They had seen Jesus ascend the mountain and had seen the disciples depart without Jesus. Now they’re looking for Jesus and they find him with the disciples on the far side of the lake.
The first question they ask is understandable, “How did you get here?”, but Jesus doesn’t answer it, instead he says, “You’re only looking for me because you ate the loaves. Don’t work for food that perishes instead seek for that which gives you everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you…”
“Give us this bread.”
To the seeker two thousand years ago and to the seeker today the answer to the request is still the same, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
We’re tempted to look for so many things and to seek for salvation in so many places but life, forgiveness and wholeness are only found in Jesus. His words show us the way to him. The words of scripture are the light that illuminates the path leading everlasting life, the path leading to him.
When Jesus spoke these words the disciples were confused by them and the many of the people turned away from him. They were expecting something different. They were looking for something more familiar.
Friends the expectations generated by our sinful natures and the lives we’ve lived without Christ at the center will never be in harmony with the reality God’s bringing to us. That which we’re familiar with will never produce within us eternal life. Only Jesus can do that.
We seek for a something we can do. A prize we can obtain that will add to our glory.
Jesus has come to gives us himself. He will give us eternal life and we will in turn, as we accept him and the life he gives, add to his glory.
Set aside your natural expectations. Receive Jesus and let him give you a life different than anything you’ve ever had before. Eternal life.