KPRD’s Light on with Will Fadenrecht
QUALITIES OF THE BREAD OF LIFE
John 6:33, 47-51
In my last Light on the Word devotional, I wrote about Jesus being the Bread of Life as recorded in John 6. In this article I want us to see some characteristics or qualities of the Bread of Life, the spiritual bread for the soul.
First, note its unique origin. Four times, John 6:33,38, 41 and 50, Jesus says it came down from heaven. That makes it special and supernatural. We know that Jesus, the Son of God, left heaven’s glory and became a man, born of a virgin.
Second, the Bread of Life is Living Bread, vs. 51. A kernel of wheat has life in it and when planted in the soil it sprouts, grows and produces more wheat. Jesus was crucified, buried and rose again to give us life. John 3:16, 36. Jesus paid the penalty for our sin so that He can give us eternal life.
Third, this Bread of Life is readily available. In vs. 51 Jesus says, “if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” So it is not reserved for a select few but it is free to all. The price for it already has been paid and therefore free to all who place their faith in Jesus. Since God does not want anyone to perish, we are to take this Bread to all peoples.
Fourth, the Bread of Life is eternal. It never gets old and dries out or spoils. Also, when taken, it has eternal results. When taken man will not die, vs. 50, but lives forever. Physical bread doesn’t last forever; we soon need to eat again. But when we trust in Jesus we have a great future awaiting us, to live forever in the presence of Jesus.
Fifth, this Bread is to be consumed. Bread left in the bread box never satisfies one’s hunger. It has to be eaten. Jesus, the Bread of Life, must be accepted and taken by faith. One must ask Jesus to be his personal Savior and then he receives the benefit, forgiveness and eternal life. It is sad that many reject the Savior, John 6:60-64. Why would a hungry man refuse bread? Why does a sinner refuse forgiveness? You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. You can show a hungry soul the Bread of Life but he has to choose to eat it or reject it. Those who reject will miss out on eternal life and be eternally separated from God.
In John 1:11-12 it says, “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” As children of God who have accepted the Bread of Life, there is forgiveness, eternal life in the presence of our Savior and a home in heaven with God. Why would anyone refuse to “eat” of the Bread of Life?