Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” (John 6:46-51)
Jesus was not saying that we must literally eat something to have eternal life. There isn’t some magic elixir or present-day manna from heaven that we must physically ingest to be saved. Even if that were the case, even if God was still sending down manna from heaven, it wouldn’t be enough to sustain us for long. As the Israelites who ate the miracle manna from heaven learned, it only sustained them for a day before they had to go out the next morning and collect more manna.
Instead, Jesus referred to Himself when He talked about the bread of life. Rather, He alluded to His salvation achieved through His sacrifice. Jesus is our bread of life, because He alone is the key to our eternal life. However, to enjoy the blessings of the bread of life, action is required on our part. We must eat. We must believe. We must have faith.
Only the sustenance of the Lord, only the salvation of Jesus, will sustain us forever.
- What are some things that the world sells that people tend to put in place of the Lord?
- Why do people find it hard to accept the things of God as more valuable than the things of the world?