Celebration of Hope: Day 7

Bread of Life 

Read John 6:25–40
 
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
 
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
 
Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
 
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
 
So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”
 
Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
 
“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
 
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
 
Reflect
 
As basic and necessary as food is to our bodies and our minds, there is something even more fundamental and required—God Himself. We are nothing if God does not sustain our every breath. But so often, we come to believe that our basic physical needs are more important. So, we put spiritual things to the side, perhaps thinking we’ll make time when we can. All the while, our souls start to shrivel, fear grows in our hearts, and the things of this world pull at us with uncompromising strength. Of course God has not left us in these seasons or moments, but rather, we have turned from God, pretending we can live without Him. As Jesus makes clear in today’s passage, He is the bread of life, given to a hungry world. And although we can find temporary sustenance in the bread of this world, the only bread that can sustain us forever—eternally—is Jesus Christ. 

 

  • Reflect on the physical needs in this life that you tend to get distracted by, focus on, or spend your time seeking. In what ways might over-focusing on these things be draining your soul or fostering fear in your heart? 
     
  • What does it mean that Jesus is the bread of life? What’s confusing about this assertion? How have you experienced Jesus meeting a hunger in you?
     
  • Each time you eat a meal or a snack today, say a prayer for those in the world who don’t have enough to eat. To make your prayer more specific, pick a country or location where people are suffering with hunger and pray specifically for the children in that place. 

Respond
 
Father, thank You for Jesus, the bread of life. Thank You for all the ways You have sustained my life. My heart breaks for the children of the world that are hungry. And my heart breaks for the people in the world that don’t know You and the life You give. Show me the areas of my life where I’m not fully relying on You to feed me and give me faith to turn to You more. Give me courage to share my faith with others so they can come to know Your love and provision. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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