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Bread From Heaven

John 6:30-36
So they asked him, "What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.' " Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, 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 he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." "Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread." 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. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. (NIV)

The miraculous feeding of a huge crowd, from five small rolls and two little dried fish, seemed like manna in the desert. When Moses could not feed God's people on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, God provided food every day (Exodus 16:1-35). So the people thought that Jesus must be a leader like Moses who could give them all they needed. They wanted Him to do that bread-producing miracle every day. But Jesus said He was not like Moses (and anyway Moses did not provide the manna, but God). The most important nourishment they needed was not bread for their bodies, but life for their souls.

Jesus then started to explain to them that He was the Bread of Life. He had been sent by Father God from heaven to give life to those who believe in Him. In the same way that food nourishes our physical lives, Jesus enables us to come alive spiritually - being responsive to God, understanding His Word and learning to live in relationship with Him. Those who trust in Jesus will always be satisfied and have enough strength for every day.

But with all the pressures of daily life, Christians can forget that they need Jesus every day. If we stop trusting Jesus we do not have spiritual strength or patience or endurance. If we do not trust Him we have no assurance of being loved by Father God, provided for and kept secure. So, today, think what it would be like to go back to living without Jesus: and then be very thankful that He has come to you and you have come to Him. Rejoice that because you have believed in Him, He is meeting every need and will continue to do so until you meet Him face to face.

Prayer 
Life-giving God. Thank You so much for sending Jesus to be the Bread of Life so that I may be satisfied by Your goodness, mercy and grace. I am sorry when I have tried to live in my own strength and energy, or even when I have blamed You for hardships in my life. Please help me to embrace my Saviour with all my heart, and trust Him for all my life, giving thanks that the Bread of Life has come to me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams