“I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE”
We are often searching for answers to find out who Jesus was or what His teachings really meant. John includes eight different situations in which Jesus gives what are known as the “I Am” statements. Instead of continuing to simply wonder about who Jesus is, we can take an in depth look into the “I Am” statements that Jesus made while He was here on earth. Conclusions can be drawn by looking at the statements Jesus makes and looking into what they mean. He uses an emphatic “I Am” to bring out important teachings about his person. Most of these statements are known by Christians.
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The searched for Him and found Him when they reached Capernaum, but He was across the sea. Some theologians have said that this was on the Sabbath and that Jesus had prepared a sermon to read in the synagogue. The sermon was about the manna from heaven given to Israel in the time of Moses. Jesus knew they were not looking for Him because they wished to learn, they were most likely in search of more food. He says “You’ve come looking for me not because you saw God in my actions but because I fed you, filled your stomachs- and for free.” These people were focusing only on their physical need and Jesus could see that their spiritual needs were very lacking. He would use this situation to illustrate their spiritual nourishment.
Jesus tells the people that they must work for the food that will stick with them and nourish their lasting life. He goes on to say that the works are not done by man, but by the one whom the Father has sent. The people begin asking Jesus to show them another sign so that they might believe, although they just saw a sign the day before. They are treating Jesus as though He is some sort of magician with many different “tricks up his sleeve”. It is here that Jesus makes reference to the Old Testament text.
Exodus 16:4 reads “then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” It is important to note that eventually, this bread ceased to fall from the heavens and the people of Israel would be hungry once again.
The people who are gathered in front of Jesus did not understand that this bread was provided by God, they thought Moses had fed the people. The bread was sent from heaven to supply for the physical needs of the people. The people do not understand that Jesus can fill them in a way that no bread is able to. It is evident that this crowd does not yet understand what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus.
Jesus tells the crowd that just as bread was supplied for the people then, the Father is supplying bread for them right now. It is interesting that the people ask for that bread and they ask that it be supplied forever. Jesus’ answer tells them that they can have the bread and without them having to ask, it will be supplied for eternity. He says: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” God has sent Jesus to...