Jn.6:35 – Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; the one who comes to Me will not be hungry, and the one who believes in Me will never be thirsty.
The miracles of Jesus are intended to be a look into the world of the Spirit. Opening of blind eyes tells us of spiritual vision being restored, and lame men walking reminds us of being given the ability to walk in the ways of the Lord. The miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes has to be the greatest of all revelations of the ministry of Christ and Who He is. Jesus sums it up in today’s verse as He explains what that miracle had been about. He said that He is the bread of life. Our life does not consist in the physical food that we eat, but in feasting on the true bread which is Christ Himself. Luther explains the power of this revelation of Christ as the Bread of Life.
“Out of the mass of powerful words in the holy Scripture there is almost no stronger word that Christ is a bread and meal given by God, and that whoever eats this bread lives forever and becomes content, no longer hungering or thirsting. . . . It is a settled point that here in this chapter the Lord is speaking about spiritual food, for he himself explains it as the hunger and thirst of the soul. The soul wants to live forever, to not be cursed, to have a merciful God, to be able to stand before the wrath and judgment of God, to not be condemned by sin and the law or go to hell. Those are the soul’s desires. It is a spiritual thirst and hunger, for which we need a spiritual meal and drink. And so the Holy Spirit comes and says, “If you do not want to die or be damned, then come to Christ, believe in him and cling to him. Eat this spiritual meal, believe in Christ, that is the most important thing.”
Apparently the masses that had eaten the bread and fish that Jesus had supplied had missed the real importance of the moment they were in. All they could see was the meal; their conclusion, “Hey, let’s do this again”. They had no idea of Who Jesus really was and how He Himself was the Bread that comes down from heaven. The problem many of us have; we also miss our moment and can only see the physical miracles of provision from the Lord.