12th Sunday after Pentecost | August 15, 2021
John 6:51-58 | New Living Translation
51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”
52 Then the people began arguing with each other about what he meant. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” they asked.
53 So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. 54 But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.”
Today we once again in John’s Gospel. We again are in chapter 6 and we are still looking at Jesus telling the people that He is the bread of life. True and everlasting life comes from Jesus. You may remember that there were some arguments with Jesus. The people said that only God can give bread that satisfies – like the manna (which is interesting because manna means “what is it?”) which was given to their forefathers in the wilderness. The people are so confused – not knowing that Jesus is the one that can give real life – and can be what really satisfies us. Combine this with Jesus’ words in John 14 about being the Way, the Truth, and the Life and we begin to get a clearer picture of who Jesus is. It is only Jesus who can truly satisfy the hunger that we have deep within for spiritual things. I encourage you to seek out Jesus who is the True Bread of Life.