Are you hungry today? You know what it feels like to be truly hungry for food. If you go all day without eating, it becomes very uncomfortable and almost feels like pain. It becomes all that you think about and consumes your every waking moment with thoughts and yearnings for food. God made us this way. Healthy people were made to need food every single day. Just so, God made us to need Spiritual food; not just once a week but every single day. What is He comparing spiritual food to in this passage? That’s right: He first compares spiritual food to bread and calls it the “bread of life”. Then, He says that He is the bread of life (v48).
He speaks in this passage of the manna that God fed the children of Israel while they spent forty years in the wilderness. How often did He send the manna? That’s right: every day, except the Sabbath. On Friday they were supposed to pick up enough for Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath).
In John 1:14, John tells us that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” And in verse 1 of that chapter, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” When we read the Word of God which is the Bible we are in fact eating the Word of God which is the “bread of life.” Deuteronomy 8:3 says, “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” Jeremiah 15:16 says, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.”
From the first book of the Old Testament to the last book of the New Testament we find Jesus. He is so magnificent, and the more we know Him the more we love Him and trust Him. He is the Bright and Morning Star, The Lily of the Valley, He speaks of being the bread of Life and the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. David asked in Psalms 116:12, “what shall I render to the Lord or what can I give Him, for all His benefits toward me?” And verse 17, “I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and I will call upon the name of the Lord.” Oh, He is marvelous in our eyes!
He is beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words!
Mighty God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of You.
It says in Psalm 118:27, “God is the Lord and He has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will praise You. You are my God and I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His mercy endures forever.”
Have you ever had a MRI or brain scan? I have had six or seven of those brain x-rays and although they are quite uncomfortable with loud noises seem to penetrate your brain and they last nearly one hour, I had been able to even go to sleep and stay quite calm. However, the last time I had one, for some reason, I could hardly stand those long minutes in that tube. It seemed like someone was trying to torture me with the intermittent horrible sounds that never seemed to quit. I felt like I was going to get sick and I so wanted to yell out, “Take me out of her, now!” But I knew that I had to go through with it and I thought of Paul and Silas in the filthy, dark prison cell and how they sang praises to God. Because of this, God sent an earthquake and their chains were loosened and dropped off and they were set free. So, I started praising God for all that He had given to me. Only then did I begin to relax and soon it was over and they rolled me out of the tube!
It was some years ago when I first heard a woman speak about her love for Jesus. As she described how deeply she loved Him, I started to weep. I hadn’t known you could know God like that and love Him more and more, even as you learned about Him and fellowshipped with Him personally. I began to hunger for a relationship like that with God. Just as if I hadn’t eaten in days, I felt desperate to know Him and receive His love for me. The neat thing about this is God loves every single person in the whole world that much!
His joy is our strength, we shall not be moved.
We can be satisfied with Jesus, His Word is our food.
He refreshes the weary, and satisfies the faint.
He sets us free from the captivity of envy or hate.
Freedom from pride, anger, self, and despair
All kinds of sin and wrong thoughts bring a snare.
But better than life are God’s love and His peace.
It’s in His presence, we will find sweet release.
When we receive daily His bountiful, vast supply,
There is food for us all that will completely satisfy.
Living Water to drink at the table we see.
The thirsty come seeking, for this water is free.
So, let’s lay aside anything that hinders and binds us
And keeps us from knowing this joy that would find us.
God’s grace satisfies and will set us all free.
Jesus paid for our sin when He died on the Tree.
And His joy comes to all who have made Him their Lord.
Let’s worship and praise Him, He is Christ our adored!