JESUS IS THE BREAD FROM HEAVEN!
At this the Jews began to grumble about Jesus because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?" "Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered. … "I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." - John 6:41-43, 48-51
One of the sailors who sailed with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World was a man named Juan Ponce De Leon . This young man stayed in Hispaniola and would later become the governor of modern day Puerto Rico . But De Leon is best known for his search for the “Fountain of Youth”. He heard of its mystical waters which were claimed to have power to keep one young forever. He never did find the fountain, but the lure and desire to remain young forever continues today.
In this lesson from John 6, Jesus was not offering a “fountain of youth”, but he was offering eternal life. The problem was that the Jews wanted a different type of life than what Jesus was offering. To show them the error in their way of thinking, Jesus took them back to a time in their history when God fed the Children of Israel directly from heaven with manna. It was the way that the Lord kept them alive for 40 years while they wandered in the wilderness. This was the type of bread the people wanted from Jesus. They wanted bread to eat that would make their lives easier and better. What they failed to remember was that all the people in the wilderness ended up dying. The bread kept them alive for a period of time, but not forever.
Jesus was a different kind of bread from heaven. He wasn’t suggesting that the people should eat him like some sort of cannibals. He meant that they should recognize the words that he brought were from heaven itself. These words from God were meant to be eaten and digested inside the mind and heart. Some of these words would be difficult to swallow like God’s law which points out our sin and warns of the punishment that all people deserve in hell. But the teachings of forgiveness through Jesus are a mouth watering spiritual buffet that Christians can return to again and again to be fully and forever satisfied.
Ponce De Leon learned that no one can escape old age. It is inevitable. But Christians know that all can have eternal life. Jesus is the living bread from heaven. Eat this Bread today and enjoy the life he gives
Jesus, you are the Bread from heaven that feeds my soul with the vital spiritual food of forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Praise to you, O Savior, for the gift of life that lasts forever. Amen.
Message produced by
Bishop Osagiede Godwin Osabuohien
The Great Commission Ministries International, Inc. Ivory Coast Charter