Jesus, the Bread of Life

John 6:43–51 (ESV)
43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever 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 that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

As the people debated among themselves concerning Jesus’ true identity, he went on to say even more profound things. He claimed to have been from God and to have seen the Father. He also claimed to be the bread of life and compared himself to the manna that the people had eaten when they were delivered from exile. That bread had come down from heaven to sustain life. Jesus was the Bread of Life that had come down from heaven to give eternal life.

Jesus does not allow us to get away from him without making a decision. He made bold claims and we are left with deciding what we will do with those claims. Will we believe him or will we dismiss them as the words of a crazy man? The people in Jesus’ day debated among themselves and the world has been debating ever since. What will you do?

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