John 6:35 – “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again.”
On the YouTube channel “How to Make Everything” host Andy George shows the effort needed to produce almost everything we used as a modern society. His series “How to Make a Sandwich from Scratch” is particularly interesting. From raising his own chicken, to growing his own vegetables, Andy shows how much effort and cost goes into each step in making this simple and ubiquitous lunch favorite.
One component Andy highlights is the production of bread. Used for millennia as a staple of human diet, Andy shows the truly labor intensive and complex process it is to produce something many of us use on a daily basis. From growing and harvesting the wheat, to drying and grinding it into flour, and finally mixing ingredients and baking, it took Andy months just to produce two slices of bread for his sandwich.
The centrality of bread to daily life was not lost on the hears of Jesus sermon from John 6:22-59. They knew that without their daily ration of bread, they would starve and during times of famine many of them did. Jesus uses this important aspect of life as a metaphor for his life and mission on earth and we can be encouraged by his teaching.
As the crowds had feasted on the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand earlier in John 6, their stomachs were again empty and they were seeking Jesus, hoping that he might provide physical nourishment for them again. But the mission of Jesus on earth was not to provide physical nourishment, but rather to provide eternal spiritual nourishment for their souls. Many a religious leader has sought this goal, but only Jesus, by claiming to be the “Bread of Life,” points to himself as the source of nourishment and satisfaction that the people gathered so desperately needed.
And so it is with us today. If we are honest, we all face times of failing, inadequacy, and longing for meaning, purpose, and satisfaction. This is a deep and central part to the human experience. But where should we turn for satisfaction? Should we turn to indulging in this world? Should we be short sighted and look to the temporal things of this earth that only satisfy for a moment? Jesus provides a far better way, himself for all eternity.
In John 6 Jesus points to himself as the only means of true eternal spiritual satisfaction. He calls on everyone to believe in him for eternal life and true satisfaction. So, do you find yourself hungry? Do you find yourself striving after the things of this world for satisfaction? Know this, it is only Jesus that can truly satisfy the hunger of your heart and the eternal satisfaction of you soul. Come to him, believe in him and never hunger again!
We at Treasure Lake Church pray you have found this brief meditation encouraging. We invite all Treasure Lake residents, and those in the surrounding community, to gather with us as we worship Jesus, the Bread of Life that satisfies our souls. We are located at 1427 Bay Rd. and gather weekly for worship services on Saturday at 6:00pm (children’s ministry provided), and on Sunday at 8:30am (no children’s ministry) and 11:00am (children’s ministry provided) as well as Sunday School on Sunday mornings at 10:00am for all ages. For more information you can visit us on the web at http://www.treasurelakechurch.org/.