I Am Bread
Scripture Reading: John 6:32-40
Key Verse: John 6:35
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
More theologians than we could count have tried to properly interpret this glorious name that the Jews refused to speak out of reverence. It was Jesus who came to give us our greatest lessons on the great I AM. I AM is used eight times in the Gospel of John. In addition to today’s “I Am the bread” is: I am the Light (John 8:12); I am the gate (John 10:9); I am the good shepherd (John 10:11); I am the resurrection (John 11:25); I am the way, truth and life (John 14:6), and number eight: “Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:57).
First Jesus declared: I am the bread of life. Jesus had referred to Moses in His teaching and reminded them that it was the Father in heaven who had given the bread (manna) from heaven to the children of Israel as they left Egypt. They would go out daily and collect enough bread for their needs. This bread sustained them when no other food could be found in the desert. This bread was never early and never late. This bread didn’t skip days, except their Sabbath, and for that God gave double portions the day before. God’s people never had to worry that this bread wasn’t going to be there for them. If they did worry, it was wasted energy for their heavenly Father knew what they needed and provided without fail! Their God was faithful to His name: I AM!
Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.” It is Jesus who will sustain us. It is Jesus who fills our hurts and hungers. If we have Jesus, we never need worry about our daily needs and provisions for life. If we do, it’s wasted energy!
“Father, thank you for Jesus. I have received the bread and have eternal nourishment! With your help, I’ll not waste my energies on fretting. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”