John 6 : 32 – 34
From any other than Jesus, this language would have been vain and sacrilegious and meaningless. Jesus is the true bread from heaven, the bread of God, the Bread of Life. God said in (Matt. 3:17). “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” On our journey through time to eternity we all need to know that Jesus is our spiritual bread. Bread is prepared in many forms, and Christ also comes to us in spiritual blessings and in many different ways; in His Word, through His church and by His teaching. Let us consider the hunger of the soul. The body is dependent upon food, for life, health, and strength. The appetite of hunger prompts us to seek and partake of food.
There is a correspondence between the hunger and the bread that satisfies, an adaptation of the supply according to the necessity. Man is a weak, dependent, and craving being, with a deep seated desire for the highest good – a desire not to be appeased by earthly provisions. We have a spiritual appetite, which in many is deadened by carnal indulgence, and sinful habits, “Having their conscience seared with a hot iron” ( I.Tim.4:3). Let us consider the Bread of the soul which is provided. Christ is our true Bread and the gift of the Father. All the family of earth are dependent upon the liberality and thoughtfulness of our great God and Benefactor. If “he openeth his hand, and satisfieth the desire of every living thing” it is not to be believed that, providing for the lower wants, he will neglect the higher.
Christ is the Bread “from heaven“ as such he was prefigured by the manna that fell in the wilderness. This gift is bestowed from the sphere of the spiritual and supernatural which is thus brought near to our souls. “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” (James 4 : 8. Jesus is the true bread. There is no unfilled pretense in this gift. God is not a Father who, if his son asked bread of him, he’d give him a stone. He who made the soul of man knows what that souls’ wants and needs are. God will meet that need. Let us consider the satisfaction of the soul which is secured.
Christ is partaken, not by physical eating, but by communion of the spirit with Him. Faith is the means of appropriating the Divine Provision. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13). How? (Acts 2:38). Jesus in this conversation especially warned his disciples of the error into which some of them fell afterwards – the error confounding carnal with spiritual.
The result of feeding by faith upon the Bread of Life is satisfaction, gladness, health, vigor of soul and a life which is immortal. The hunger of the Israelites was satisfied by the manna from heaven. The hunger of the multitude was appeased by the miraculous multiplication of the loaves in the wilderness.
The Bread of Life has satisfied our deepest cravings and nourished our spiritual life. With increasing age comes increasing spiritual strength and progress so that not only is “the inward man renewed day by day” whilst the “outward man perishes,” but when the latter dies the germ of the former unfolds and blossoms eternally. “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred, and all people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands” (Rev. 7 : 9).
A Need For Reconciliation
There is a lack of spiritual fulfillment in the life of so many people today. There is a dissention – a falling away in our land today from spiritual truth.’ Devotion has been dying down; obedience has been growing lax; selfishness has been diminishing, and so many are going toward a spiritual down fall. There is a need in people’s life for conviction and amendments. We need to turn to a higher and more spiritual life that is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is a need to draw spiritual water out of the wells of salvation, “…Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isa.12:3). If a person will repent God will remove the displeasure from his life. David stated “…He has not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities” (Psa. 103:10). When a person repents, God’s anger is visibly, sensibly, and consciously turned away. Note this statement, “…And in that day thou shall say, O Lord, I will praise thee” (v.4). We must have a sense of Divine displeasure in our life, “…Thou wast angry with me” (v.1).
We must keep in mind that all sin is truly against God, be it willful are deliberate. God tempts no person to sin, therefore we are at blame. There must be a turning of the heart and our life from selfishness and sin. There must be a cordial acceptance of Jesus as the only Propitiation for our sin, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name (Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we MUST be saved” (Acts 4:12). Without repentance we have no right to look for the turning of God’s displeasure, his displeasure is sure.
There can be an abiding sense of Divine favor, “…Thou comfortedst me” (v.1). David of old left behind a wonderful truth “…Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Psa. 32:1). “…True peace and joy comes as we turn our heart to God and to his plan of salvation for us” (Acts 2:38). Let us continue to ask, to seek, to trust, to hope, and in due time the light will shine in our soul. In closing let me say, until the day of immortality let our heart say, “O Lord, I will praise thee:” (v.1)