John 6:35 AMP “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry and he who believes in, and cleaves to, and trusts in, and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time). ”
It only seems fitting that after I share about my disappointment and discontentment in a recent post, that I follow up with a post about Jesus being the Bread of Life, the One Who truly satisfies.
When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they complained, they were dissatisfied with what they had. They thought they missed the things of Egypt. They thought they would have been better off if the LORD would have just killed them back in Egypt, because at least there they had plenty to eat. But now in the desert, they complained that they had been brought out of Egypt to starve (see Exodus 16).
I have found that when I wander in wildernesses, off of the paths the Lord has for me, that I also end up complaining and grumbling. I become dissatisfied and discontent.
The LORD heard the complaints of the Israelites and told Moses that He would rain down food from heaven that the people could go out and pick up each day. This food was called “manna” which literally means “what is it.” God knows exactly what it is that we need.
The Israelites had been worried about dying from starvation. Our plight is worse than the possibility of just starving, we are born dead in our sins. We are without hope. Hell-bound. We need the LORD’s help in a desperate way. Again, He knows what it is we need. He provided and provides all that we need.
Jesus says in John 6:48 NLT “Yes, I am the bread of life! Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. However, the bread from heaven gives eternal life to everyone who eats it. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; this bread is my flesh, offered so the world may live.”
Jesus goes on to say in verse 51, that, the bread He gives, He gives for the life of the world. Jesus gave His life for us.
The LORD met our desperate need with Heavenly Manna. Jesus is the only way that we can have life eternal. He is “the spiritual bread of the everlasting manna.” Jesus is “bread to the souls as bread is to the body”. He nourishes and supports our spiritual life, as bread does the bodily life. He is “the bread of God, born in Bethlehem, the house of bread”. The manna given to the Israelites would become rotten and putrid if kept overnight, but Jesus is everlasting. Manna supported the life of the Israelites as they gathered and ate it each day. It was given specifically for the Israelites.
Our Heavenly Manna, Jesus, “preserves and perpetuates life” forever. He restores our lives. He gives life to us when we are dead in our sins. He is the fulness of grace for all believers.
Ephesians 2:1 AMP “And you [He made alive] when you were dead [slain] by [your] trespasses and sins.”
Jesus satisfied God’s justice, He satisfied God’s wrath. He provided the blood sacrifice necessary for our atonement.
2 Corinthians 5:21 AMP “For our sake, He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that we might become [endued with, viewed as being an example of] the righteousness of God, [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable, and in right relationship with Him by His goodness]”
Thank you Jesus! Jesus is our divine provision, our Bread of Life for life. He is that which sustains our lives He came to earth to fulfill God’s will, giving us eternal life. He satisfies like none other can.
Praise God for the Heavenly Manna He gave to us, as we too have wandered in the wilderness of sin. He has fed us and continues to meet our needs.
Note: Personal understanding gained and some quotes from from the Matthew Henry Complete Commentary-public domain)