Daily Devotion: May 8

John 6:33-35
For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."

It had been a busy couple of days for Jesus and his disciples when we read John Chapter 6. The day before, Jesus miraculously fed five thousand men and probably around 15 to 20 thousand people with only five loaves and two fish. He taught the people all day, and at night when he should have been sleeping, he stayed up and prayed to his Father.  He then was seen walking on water and calming a raging storm. As the morning dawned, the silence of seclusion was broken as the same crowds from the day before quickly discovered where Jesus had gone and once again came to him.

It’s in this context that Jesus tells the people in verses 26 and 27 “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you.”

In verse 33, Jesus then tells them what that food is. It’s Him! You see, we can’t really blame the people for wanting to be comfortable and to want to have more food! Wouldn’t we do the same if we were there? But Jesus, as He does so often, uses this opportunity to point the people to what they really needed to hear, and to what is true. He makes a bold claim and says in verse 35, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

Jesus knows that whether 2000 thousand years ago, or today, we are all searching for what can lead to true satisfaction in our lives, and the only thing that will ever be able to do that, is knowing and walking with Jesus! Maybe reading this today you find yourself seeking to be satisfied with bread and fish, or entertainment, or more money... Jesus so lovingly is reminding us, that only He satisfies. Let’s hold him to that promise, and dive in deeper to that well that will never run dry!

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