The Living Bread

Christ performed a miracle when He fed a company of five thousand with nothing more than five loaves of bread and two fish. The next day, they sought out Jesus at Capernaum and asked him when he had managed to cross the Sea of Galilee. Jesus saw through them and said to them in John chapter 6 verse 26,

Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

He knew they were only seeking Him for selfish, temporal desires. They saw the miracle Christ had performed, but they only cared about the fact that they had food to eat. They simply wanted more bread, as opposed to wanting to partake of the bread of life, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Christ then tells them in verse 27,

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

With Christ’s symbolic teaching, common among the Jews at the time, meat and bread are synonymous. They are food, life, energy, likened unto the doctrines and principles Christ was teaching. He tells them to not seek after the literal bread that He gave them, for it is nothing more than that… bread, but to seek for and ponder His doctrine which offers them everlasting life.

In verse 51, He states plainly what He is meaning,

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

I know that Jesus Christ is the living bread. He gave of His flesh and died for us that we may have everlasting life. The bread that He offers us is what we should strive to obtain, and if we do obtain it, we will never hunger again.


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