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Are You Hungry?

"I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." - John 6:35

In today's scripture Jesus is proclaiming one of His 7 "I am" statements…“I am the bread of life.” In this chapter Jesus first performs a miracle of providing food for the masses through a small little boy's 2 fish and 5 barley (small) loaves of bread. This miracle was a sign of Jesus's words to come. Scripture shows that those who were a part of this miracle got in a boat to search for Jesus because they wanted more bread. However, when they found Jesus, He called out their motive. Jesus wanted to make sure they understood the true purpose of this miracle.

Jesus said "I am the Bread of Life" and that by eating His flesh and drinking His blood they could have eternal life. Jesus also said He was the living bread…“Except ye eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” (Vs. 53) What does this mean… it is a metaphor that by faith we must receive the words of Jesus and take, eat, and drink of Him to receive life today and eternally.   

Many were willing to follow Jesus for the natural bread; however, when it came to a decision of believing in Jesus, they were not willing to receive Jesus as the Bread of Life. Jesus's disciples said, "who then can eat?" Wow! They were not saying Jesus's words were hard to understand, but hard to accept. Many were following Jesus for the "hook up", but not a true relationship. Because of this discourse, the scripture says many of Jesus's disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 

Jesus asked His remaining disciples, “Will you also go away?” Jesus was checking their motive for following Him. Peter's response got to the heart of what Jesus was saying, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Peter recognized:

  1. Jesus as Lord (The one who would have total control of Peter's life) 
  2. The value of spiritual things more than material or earthly desires of those who walked away.
  3. Jesus as the Messiah, the Christ, and was willing to eat the Bread of Life and follow Jesus Christ.

Today, let us ask this question of ourselves.

Are we hungry enough to surrender our will, wants, and desires to eat the Bread of Life and follow Jesus Christ according to His requirements?

CO-PASTOR DR. ELMER HESS, JR.

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