“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.” NRSV
The first fifteen verses of chapter six tells the story of the feeding of the five thousand. In verses 26-27, Jesus exclaims, ““Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 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.”
Then, in verse 35, Jesus talks about food once again.
Jesus fed the people with the loaves and fishes as an act of mercy because the people were physically hungry. Then, the people followed Jesus around with an expectation that he would feed their bodies again. Jesus saw that the people were developing the wrong kind of dependency on him. So, in this reading, he attempts to clarify his true purpose. It wasn’t to keep them from needing to go to the grocery story. Jesus “came down” to establish the spiritual link between God and the people through their hearts, minds, and souls. This way they could be fed on the spiritual food that would draw them closer to God and the hope of eternal life. Today, we get to enjoy the spiritual food Jesus sets before us each week around the Lord’s Table.
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