“’I am the living bread that comes down from heaven.
If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever
This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.’”
John 6:51 (NIV)
Jesus spoke these words to the Jews. The listeners argued among themselves. They didn’t believe what they heard.
Just as bread is basic to our survival, Jesus is essential to our spiritual health. In John chapter six, Jesus refers to himself as the bread of life five times (6:33, 38, 41, 51, and 58.) The Jewish listeners couldn’t process the thought that Jesus compared Himself to something so different and yet so basic.
My research on this passage shows me that Jesus is essential to our spiritual nourishment as bread is to our physical strength1.“He claimed to be the genuine source of spiritual life and nourishment.”
Just as our physical bodies become run down without our eating of the proper foods, our spirits need to take in Jesus and His teachings in order to grow in our awareness and knowledge of Him.
1.Gleaned from The Gospel of John, The Daily Study Bible Series, by William Barclay © 1975 p.220
2. The Discovery Study Bible, by Zondervan © 2004 p. 1401