John 6:26-27a,35a – Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. … I am the bread of life." (NIV)
My granddaughter planned her very first family Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. As the pots boiled and the turkey cooked in the oven, we anticipated partaking in the feast. We did not disappoint her with our thanks. She was a proud cook — and we were happy guests.
The next day, though, we were just as hungry as we had been before our feast.
For many, earthly life consists of foolish yearnings and senseless searching in a futile attempt to feed the soul in its true, deep hunger.
Even in Jesus' day, people missed the point about the bread of life that Jesus spoke of. Many turned away, back to senseless searching and foolish yearnings of the flesh deep in sin.
Better bread cannot be found than what Jesus offered. "Whoever eats this bread will live forever," He said. (John 6:58b NCV) I am consoled in those words of Jesus. Let us be restored to the life-giving bread, believing it satisfies our deep hunger. Jesus Himself said so, did He not? Only in Jesus is the safe food for our soul.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, bread of life, thank You for giving Yourself to fulfil our deepest longings. You will never disappoint those who believe in You. Delight us again with Yourself, the life-giving bread, and with everlasting life. Amen.