Hungry?

Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for 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 for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” John 6: 26-27 NRSVCB004872

Jesus had a crowd of new followers. The 5,000 that he fed the day before didn’t want to let him get away. They traveled all the away across the Sea of Galilee to find him. When they finally found Jesus, they questioned him about how he got there.

Jesus seemed to ignore their questions. He cut right to the heart of the matter. Jesus let knew that the real question was not how he got there, but why were they there? Why had they traveled all the way across the lake?

Why were they there?

Well, Jesus answered his own question. The crowd came because they wanted more food. Maybe they had reasoned, “If Jesus could feed us yesterday; then he can feed us again today.”

If so, they had found the best deal in town. Being with Jesus was like being at a free all you can eat buffet! What more could a crowd want?

Well, they should want a lot more. But Jesus knew that their hearts were focused on their stomachs more than MP900313735[1]much of anything else. Today we might call these people worldly or carnal. They don’t look to their spiritual needs as much as the needs of the body. They ignore the weightier matters of the soul.

Jesus wants all of us to get more than just bread from him. He has spiritual food that can turn our lives upside down! So Jesus told the crowd to work not only for bread that passes away, but for the things that he alone can provide, which give eternal life.

Jesus’ bread turns lives upside down!

Is it possible to have a full stomach and to still be hungry? Is it possible MP900442283[1] to be appallingly rich and to still want things? I think you know that the answer is yes.

There is a hunger and a dissatisfaction that goes far beyond our stomachs. Possessions don’t satisfy this hunger. Food doesn’t take it away. It is a deep gnawing that comes from our soul’s longing for God, for Jesus’ love, and for the peace that he alone gives! So Jesus told the people to seek God, to work for the bread that comes from heaven, and to strive for true satisfaction.

Jesus wants to give us the bread of life. He wants to meet our deepest personal needs. He wants to put God’s love into our hearts, and to give us the peace that passes all understanding. He wants to illumine our minds with the truth, and empower our hands to do the work of God. Jesus wants to lead us down the road to eternal life!

Jesus wants us to have everything that God offers!

Today, you can enjoy Jesus’ true bread. Look to him for the gifts of God that make life worth living! Enjoy the abundant supply of his grace. Feast on Jesus’ love, and drink his living water!

Prayer:

Bread of the world, I have a hunger in my soul that only you can satisfy. Feed me with the bread of eternal life. Then help me to continue eating your bread and drinking the living water you give, so I may always have all that I need. Amen!

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Eat the Bread of Eternal Life, Today!

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