Bread of Life.
I was taking a nap and felt an intense pressure on my body to wake up, stop procrastinating and write this.
A lot of celebrities, famous people, rich people, and maybe even someone you know personally seem to have it all but really are empty inside. Maybe you are one of those people.
We keep hearing about tragedies and scandals among the rich and famous. We know people who seem to have it all together but are crumbling on the inside. Maybe you see that person in the mirror.
And so here we come to the text I want to build this topic around:
John 6:26-29, 35, 37 (Amplified Bible)
(26) Jesus answered, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, you have been searching for Me, not because you saw the signs (attesting miracles), but because you ate the loaves and were filled. (27) Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures [and leads] to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you; for God the Father has authorized Him and put His seal on Him.” (28) Then they asked Him, “What are we to do, so that we may habitually be doing the works of God?” (29) Jesus answered, “This is the work of God: that you believe [adhere to, trust in, rely on, and have faith] in the One whom He has sent.”
(35) Jesus replied to them, “I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually].
(37) All that My Father gives Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, never reject anyone who follows Me].
When I was younger I thought the goal of life was to make money and die. That's what a large portion of culture focuses on, getting rich. That's what is modeled in front of you even with hard working family members and adults; get a decent job and work your life away.
This thought process is partially why I ventured off into a dangerous lifestyle. There had to be some excitement in this thing called life, right? Ah, but the excitement only lasted temporarily, until the next time. It was a cycle of searching.
Eventually, at an early age, I realized that most of the people on this planet are wasting their life.
So let's refer back to the opening scripture. In John chapter 6, Jesus had just fed thousands of people with fish and bread, and also walked on water. How many of you know that even if you give God a little bit, he'll give you a lot. And how many of you know that the water in your life that was designed to drown you has already been overcome by the Lord.
After the crowd of people saw that Jesus could do miraculous things, they went searching for him. They found him, but he told them that they weren't looking for what they thought they were looking for. Jesus let them know that they had a hunger and a void that was filled by God himself, and not what they physically ate.
See, there are a lot of hungry people, a lot of thirsty people. Spiritually dead or spiritually slumbering, with a hungry soul. We go around in life, trying to find our completeness in people, money, sex, possessions, things, titles, degrees, accomplishments, lifestyles, etc. We are never fulfilled. It's a cycle of searching. We crave to have someone complete us, or we crave the approval of people.
There's a deep yearning on the inside of you for more. Even religion can't fulfill you.
That void within you can only be filled by God, because you were designed that way.
So the people, the crowd who found Jesus, now are starting to grasp what he's saying. They are now starting to realize there is more to life that what they thought. They ask him, how do you exactly do the work of God? What does that even mean?
Jesus tells them to believe in him, that's it. To do the work of God is to trust in Jesus. Sounds simple and maybe even cliché, right? Well, let me break it down for you.
Jesus didn't just die for your sins, he died for your strengths. God wants you to have a very prosperous and pleasurable life. The thing is, we have choices. Oh, and there is a devil. And sometimes, life is life. Overall, however, God wrote about you before you were even born, and it's a love story. Jesus was murdered for your reconnection back to God, your completeness. Void filled.
To trust in Jesus means you know that he knows your story as God intended better than you do. To rely on Jesus means you understand he will lead you to the right paths of health, finances, relationships (including romance), creativity, fulfillment, etc. When you follow God, you are doing the work of God, because you'll be on the right paths which include your purpose for why he created you, which is the work of God.
Lastly, Jesus tells the crowd that he will never reject those who come to him. Everyone experiences rejection or at least the feeling of rejection. Holding on to rejection causes us to be bitter and stagnate in life. There are all types of rejection: a job you didn't get, a school you didn't get into, your business that isn't doing well, something someone said, something someone didn't say or didn't do, how someone feels about you, what society says about you, someone cheating on you, abuse, abandonment from family members, people not accepting your personality, a loss of something or someone, mean parents, no parents, unfulfilled expectations, etc. You may even feel rejection from God because of something that happened or didn't happen. God says, I didn't do that to you, and I hated that it happened, let me heal you.
When we put our identity in people or things, even if they're good, we won't truly find ourselves. We won't truly find ourselves because no one or nothing is perfect at all times. Disappointment will happen in this life. Rejection will happen in this life. We have to put our identity in someone who is actually, literally perfect. Your value is in what God already said about you and who he already made you to be. Your value can be discovered by someone, but it can't be defined by someone. This is why Jesus said come to him, and he won't reject you.
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)