On one occasion Jesus was teaching a crowd of people. He later miraculously fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Can you imagine such a thing?!!
Later Jesus taught the crowd, “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35) Jesus instructed them, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” The people asked him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (John 6:27-29)
Simply put, the “work of God” is to believe in Jesus. By believing in Jesus, we come to a relationship with God in which we are God’s friends. We are not terrified of God. We know God as our Father and our friend. We give him the trust, respect and obedience that naturally arise from this relationship.
Jesus proclaims, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.” What does Jesus mean? Bread sustains life. That is clear. But what is life? Jesus clearly means something far more than mere existence. Real life is a relationship with God, a relationship of trust, respect, and obedience. This relationship is made possible by Jesus Christ. Without Jesus, there may be existence, but not real life. Jesus is the essential of life, the bread of life. The hunger of our hearts is satisfied when we know Jesus.
This Sunday in worship we will lift up Jesus, the bread of life, as we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Join us and be nourished for your spiritual journey.