48 I am the bread of life.
Jesus said an interesting thing when He was being tempted by the devil after His baptism. After 40 days, Jesus would have been very weak and extremely hungry. Satan told Him to turn this stone into bread. And Jesus replied, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Matt4:4 While bread most often represented the food that we need to meet our physical hunger, Jesus says this isn’t enough. Our physical nourishment is not the only important need we have. Jesus tells us He is the bread of Life. We also know Jesus is the Word, and the Word was with God in the beginning and the Word was God. So if we take all these things into account, Jesus is saying we need to nourish ourselves with the Word of God. We need to nourish our souls, and this is just as important, if not more important that our physical hunger. Let’s not forget to daily feed our hungry spiritual selves with some truth from the bible!
44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’[d] Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
Lord, you are the bread of Life. You Word nourishes our very souls. Thank you Lord for looking after our physical needs as well as our spiritual hunger. Help me to never be “full” from the Word, but rather have a constant nagging hunger for it. In Jesus name, amen.