Jn.6:48-51 – I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down out of heaven, so that anyone may eat from it and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats from this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I will give for the life of the world also is My flesh.”
This has to be one of the most radical things Jesus ever said. In the Jewish mind Jesus is making an absolute claim to deity. The Jewish leaders immediately were reminded of Moses’ first encounter with the Lord in the burning bush. Moses asked “Who shall I say has sent me?”
The Lord responded by telling Moses to say “I AM has sent me to you”. Jesus was claiming to be the One in the bush. Jesus is the great I AM who had come to reveal Himself to all mankind.
He said that He was the bread of life. Only He could satisfy the hunger of man. Moses glimpsed Christ in the bush and was fed with manna (bread) from heaven for forty years. Now Christ was here in human flesh and claimed to be this bread from heaven. Here is how the Spirit Filled Life Bible describes this passage.
“This is the first of the seven I am sayings of Jesus, unique to John’s Gospel. There is an unmistakable parallel to God’s covenant name (Yahweh) by which He revealed Himself to Moses in Ex. 3:14, “I AM WHO I AM.” Jesus makes the pronouncement “I am the bread of life” three times (John 6:35, 48, 51). He is the “real” heavenly bread, the true life-sustaining power; anything else, regardless of its religious significance in past or present, is an inadequate substitute.”
Today Jesus still offers Himself as the Bread of Life. All of us have looked for satisfaction in life in the wrong places thinking that physical pleasures are what we need. The words of Jesus still ring true today. He is the Bread from heaven; if we eat this bread we will be finally satisfied. It is not a new relationship, a drug, a new toy, or even a vacation that we really need; we need Him. Christ is the One we really need – He alone is the Bread from heaven.