I am the bread of life – part 1
40 blogs of Lent, day 7
The story so far …
Jesus has recently fed 5000 people with one boy’s packed lunch. Word got out and other people come out, looking for a repeat of the miracle, but Jesus is not there but there is a boat missing. So they all cross the lake to Capernaum, where at least four of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, Andrew James and John, are involved in the local fishing industry.
They find Jesus, and there is a conversation about food, specifically bread. Those searching bring up the subject of Moses and manna in the desert. Jesus responds:
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:35-40
This is what Jesus offers to those who were fed in the 5000 and those who heard about it:
All you need.
You’ll be resurrected on the last day and have eternal life.
It’s open to everyone, Jesus will never reject anyone who comes to him. All social standings, all races, male and female. No one is excluded.
When I became a Christian I was told that the way to do it was to accept Jesus as my own personal Lord and Saviour. That was the formula at the Christian Union. I did just that, and it worked. Jesus became real to me and has continued to be real in my life ever since. If you are not a Christian and would like to be, or if you are a Christian but Jesus is not real in your life then I urge you to do what I did back in the 1970s. Say a prayer asking Jesus to be real in your life. He promised that he will never reject you.
If you are a Christian knowing Jesus, but became a Christian another way, that’s OK, Jesus accepts all who come to him. If you are attending a church that used a different system than the very Evangelical one that I became a Christian by then use that system.
It does not matter how you come to Jesus, what matters is that you do come to Jesus.