“Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).
Origins: Bread was part of the Passover deliverance and “bread from heaven” sustained Israel in the desert (Exodus 16:4)
Meaning: Bread, a basic dietary item synonymous with food in general, is essential for life. Without it we die
Usage: By saying “I am the bread of life,” Jesus is saying He is essential for life—eternal life. He is also claiming deity. He invites people to place their faith in Him as their Saviour in order to live and be truly satisfied.
Partake of Him for salvation. When Jesus died on the cross He took the sins of mankind upon Himself and made atonement for them. When we place our faith in Him, our sins are imputed to Jesus, and His righteousness is imputed to us. Jesus satisfies our hunger and thirst for righteousness and life.
Partake of Him for sustenance. Every day we need to feed on Christ. We need His Holy Spirit to fill and empower us to live the Christian life.
Partake of Him for strength. In the face of odds and adversity Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).