Identity In Christ

What Does it Mean that Jesus is the Bread of Life?

Your name is your favorite word in the dictionary. It’s the one you want to hear at the coffee shop, if your on a gameshow, or if you run into an old friend. Our name is important because it identifies us. In the Old Testament, Moses in essnece asked God, “What is your name?” God said, “I am who I am” (Exodus 3:14). What a wonder name. This is repeated in the story of Jesus many I am statements are made. One of the final statements happens when Jesus is betrayed and taken in by Roman Soldiers. They said that they were seeking Jesus the Zazerine. John the Apostle tells us, “So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.” (John 18:6). These statements are so powerful that it will cause rugged soldiers to shake and fail. At the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will proclaim that Jesus is Lord.

In John chapter 6 of the Bible we see another I am statement by Jesus. He is called the bread of life.

While Jesus was with his Disciples, many gathered to see him. It was 5,000 men not including the women and children. We read, “Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, *said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?” ( John 6:5-6). What a great question to pose. Here is the creator of the stomach asking Philip how they can feed this large group. When we understand how to ask good questions we will improve our life! If you want to have a great answers you need to have great questions!

Phillip told Jesus, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” (John 6:9-10). Philip was looking at the minimum, Jesus was looking to give them the maximum. Jesus feed all these people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. What we have in our hands may be small. Yet when we place what we have in gods hands it is more than enough!  after everyone hit at eight disciples collected 12 baskets of food. Each disciple had a basket to look at and be reminded that Jesus is enough. It all counts! Don’t ever feel like the extra is not important. David said, “my cup runneth over”.

Remember the words of Jesus today, “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” (John 6:35). We can live in freedom knowing that God causes us to be filled not with just food that satisfies for a moment. God causes us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Bread of Life!

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