In the Gospel of John, we learn about multiple I am statements Jesus makes. Let us look at these:
I am the bread of life (John 6:35)
I am the light of the world (John 8:12)
I am the gate for the sheep (John 10:7)
I am the good shepherd (John 10:11)
I am the resurrection (John 11:25)
I am the way, truth & life (John 14:6)
I am the true vine (John 15:1)
They are stressed to us for a reason. In this series we are going to go through each of the I am statements and learn more about our Savior. Today, starting with John 6:35 which says: “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
What is so important about this declaration from Jesus? He is our bread. Remember back to Exodus 16 after God had led the Israelites from Egypt and into the desert, He provided the Israelites with food from Heaven called Manna. This food is described as a
In Exodus 16:12, The Lord said to Moses, “At twilight, you will eat meat, and in the morning, you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.”
Manna was the food provided by God faithfully every single morning. Much like his mercy, as Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds us “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.”
This I am statement from Jesus teaches us that He is our Sustainer. He is the very sustenance, much like Manna that we need every day. How often are you going throughout your week on a Jesus fast? How often do you open the Word of God to have fellowship with the One who made you, saved you, and sustains you?
Just like the Israelites were responsible for going out and gathering the Manna, so are we responsible for going to Jesus to get our daily bread. Christ is better than Manna, He is the very food our souls long for and need. So often we get caught up in life that we forget to get our fill but we need Him each and every day. He promises to fill us, our job is to allow Him to do just that by opening our Bibles and sitting at His feet.
Will you do that today and join us in doing that throughout this study?
Jesus is the great provider of your soul. Only He knows how to fill you, it is time to stop trying to fill the void you have with anything but Him. He has you and is ready to take you into His arms.
Are you needing strength to face circumstances in your life? He is our strength. He is ready to give you what you need so you can go out and be the person He has made you to be. We cannot expect to show Jesus and the Gospel to others if we are not being fed by Him. We cannot expect to be filled to face our days without Him. We need Him. Are you willing to admit you need Him today? Whatever else you have been trying to fill yourself with – even “good” things cannot replace the place He was made to have in our lives. Your spiritual body is desperate for nourishment. As we look also at the Last Supper we are reminded – that He is our only hope. We are meant to come and be fed by Him. Are you feasting on His Word? Let’s make it a habit together so we can fully live the life He has called us to which is as Jesus reminds us in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Just before this statement, Jesus reminds us, “The thief (enemy) comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”
There is a real enemy whose mission is to steal, kill and destroy in your life. But Jesus’ mission is to give us abundant life. What are we saying to Him, ourselves, and a world in desperate need of Him when we ignore Him as our daily bread? We cannot expect to live abundantly if we will not accept Him as our sustainer and spiritual nourishment.