(Today's post by Joshua Jones)
In this passage, right after Jesus proves that he can provide for out earthly needs, we receive another lesson about the provision of God.
We last encountered Christ as he multiplied the loaves and the fish, enough to feed five thousand and have some left-overs (starting from a measly five loaves and two fish). Here, Jesus showed once again that God provides for his people. The next day, Jesus has crossed the sea of Galilee, and his followers have caught up to him. Jesus addresses his followers, saying they are not coming to him out of wonder of the signs, but because they ate their fill the day before. The next day, the followers were once again hungry. They had forgotten the miracle that was done the day before, and were focusing on the temporal need of food.
Now, here is where Jesus flips all of the expectations. Instead of once again, miraculously producing enough to feed the mass of people, he tells them, “The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world”. When asked for that bread Jesus replies, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Jesus speaks to the people addressing, not their temporal needs, but their eternal need: the need for salvation. He proclaims the mission on which he was sent- to bring life to the world. Whoever comes to faith in this mission, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, will never hunger spiritually. They will never thirst, as their fulfillment comes in Christ alone.
Are you hungering for more? Does the day-to-day not seem fulfilling to you? Are there dry patches in which you are thirsting for some nourishment in your life? Cling to Jesus. He fulfills our needs. Take his promises seriously. He will fill you with a passion for Him, he will quench the dry and weary areas of your life. He will give you life. I pray that you would seek him out today for both your temporal needs and the eternal.