Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”
Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
When the children of Israel walked through the wilderness, manna came down from heaven to feed them. That was a pretty amazing thing, since they were in a place where practically nothing grew except a few scrubby bushes. Do you suppose there were doubters among them at first, who attributed the appearance of this unknown grain to some odd atmospheric anomaly? But even the most doubtful would be forced to admit that its happening every day except the Sabbath for forty years was definitely a miracle. So the children of Israel had to believe that the manna was God-given.
Then Jesus comes along and proclaims that HE is even greater than the whole manna miracle. That probably would have been a bit hard to swallow if you had heard all your life about God’s provisional goodness to your forefathers. Manna had sustained them when there was no other hope of life. Manna was AWESOME! But Jesus claimed even more–not just physical life, but life that would never end.
The people believed in the manna–that story had been passed down for generations–but this upstart from Galilee? How could he have so much to offer? He certainly didn’t look like much. Why is it that we tend to put our confidence in things we can see, when the things we cannot see are more vital?
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live.
Jesus was sent not to satisfy our hunger and desires, but to be our Source for everything.
He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.
We eat and drink of Him and we become ONE with Him. I live only because of Him.
For in him we live and move and have our being.
Fascinating thing…While searching for this song, I found out that it is also known as the Welsh Rugby hymn–often sung at rugby games, especially in Wales. Who’d have thought it?