30 “What sign then are You going to do so we may see and believe You?” they asked. “What are You going to perform?
31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
32 Jesus said to them, “I assure you: Moses didn’t give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the real bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 Then they said, “Sir, give us this bread always!”
35 “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again.
The crowd spoke to Jesus asking Him for another sign from heaven. The day before Christ had fed them all with five loaves and two fish. They followed Him across the sea, a huge battalion of boats seeking a free lunch, and now they wanted the Lord to feed them again. Their premise was, “If you feed us we will believe in you.”
People are still confused about this. So many seek the blessings from God to help their earthly appetites but do not seek the Lord Jesus. While social causes are beneficial, if all we do is social work then we are not pointing people to Christ. Jesus addressed this issue with clarity. They wanted food like Moses fed their fathers in the wilderness. Moses, they thought, fed their fathers every day for forty years! They wanted Jesus to feed them. It is quite clear. Jesus told them that the bread of Moses came from God and that He, Jesus, was also God’s sent bread from heaven.
He went on to tell them that bread gives life. They wanted physical bread but He was the eternal bread of life. I bet they were confused. Still thinking about physical filling they asked for Jesus to give them this wonderful bread always, every day. The problem with feeding people is that they become dependent on your food and don’t seek it themselves. People don’t change. Jesus fed them one day and they wanted a lifetime of food.
Jesus gives them the answer he was working toward, “I am the bread of life. No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again.” While Jesus is what they needed He is not what they wanted. They wanted free food; He wanted them to have Him. Oh how confused people still are. Jesus is still the wonderful bread of life but people come to Him to get something not to find satisfaction in Him. What do you get from Jesus? Are you satisfied in Him?
I don’t know when our family had a busier weekend. On top of it all our home computer stopped connecting to the internet so we could not send out from there. It comes back fixed today.
Bobbi’s dad comes home from Hines hospital today after hip replacement nearly two weeks ago. She has tried to go see him as much as possible. We are thankful for his progress.
My dad had a “mild” heart attack last Thursday while I was in Greenville. I came home Friday and spent most of Friday and Saturday with him and my mom at Rush-Copely where they did an angiogram on Saturday and determined that his blockage is non-operable. Twenty-five years ago my dad had a massive heart attack and had five by-passes put in. Two of those by-passes are completely blocked. One of them has substantial calcification and cannot be penetrated with a stint. Two of them feed a lesser artery. Consequently his heart is functioning at about a 40% reduction. He has never been on a heart medication so that was started Saturday. He came home on Sunday, Mother’s Day. Yesterday we spent time with the home health nurse getting all of our “ducks in a row.” Dad feels good but his heart will not improve. His body needs to get used to a heart that is less efficient.
We had a great day at church on Sunday. We had fun honoring mothers and learning what lessons we all learned from our moms. The message from Isaiah 57 showed the contrast between those who have peace and those who don’t. Only in Christ can any peace be found and He only accepts those who come broken in heart and spirit because of their sin. I am thankful for our church and for our opportunity to gather as often as we can.
Have a great day in the Lord,