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I Am the Bread of Life
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst” (John 6:35). One of the realities of our mortal existence is the need for food and water. It is a matter of survival. Without food and water, we will die. But we are more than our bodies. God made us for eternity. And he is the food and water that we need for eternal life. Without the bread of life we are truly dead. When God (“I Am)” freed the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, they wandered in the desert for 40 years. It did not take long for them to begin feeling the difficulties of their journey, in the bitter pangs of hunger and thirst. They complained and Moses went to God on their behalf and God felt pity for his people and sent them manna from heaven each morning and quail each evening. But even this manna from heaven, and the water he gave them from the rock, did not bring them eternal life. They died, just as human beings have always died, as a consequence of the sin of Adam and Eve. But we have seen the ancient promise of salvation fulfilled in Jesus Christ. And Jesus is telling us here in this passage that he is the bread of life who has come down from heaven. When he says, “I am,” we must hear it in the same way that Moses heard it. Jesus is the “I Am,” whom we know as the Son of God, who came among us, who suffered and died for us in order to save us from our slavery to sin and death, and to give us eternal life with him in heaven. We find in him everything that…