John 6:35 - The First I AM - Jesus the Bread of Life! Are You 'Eating'?

John 6:35 - The First I AM - Jesus the Bread of Life! Are You 

John 6:35 (KJV) And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of 
life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth 
on me shall never thirst. 

John 6:35 (CWR) Jesus said, "I am God's bread from heaven that 
gives life.  Those who come to me will not go spiritually hungry, and 
those who believe in me will not be spiritually thirsty. 


Jesus the Bread of Life: John 6:25-59.


When Jesus used the words "I am," he was pointing to his unique, 
divine identity. In essence this statement says, "I the Lord God am 
here to provide you with everything you need for your spiritual 
life." Each of the 7 "I am" statements represent a particular aspect of 
this provision. For Jesus to say he is the Bread of Life is for him 
to say, "I am the sustenance of your life." Just as bread supplies 
our bodies with strength and nourishment, Jesus, the true bread from 
heaven, had come to strengthen and nourish his people -- to change their 
lives, to bring spiritual and eternal life to all who would believe in 
him! (Life Application Commentary) 

The assertion "I am the bread of life" is the first in a series 
of such declarations that are peculiar to this Gospel (8:12; 10:7, 
11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1). Each represents a particular relationship of 
Jesus to the spiritual needs of men: their light in darkness, their 
entrance into security and fellowship, their guide and protector in life, 
their hope in death, their certainty in perplexity, and their source 
of vitality for productiveness. He desired that men should receive 
him, not simply for what he might give them, but for what he might be 
to them. [Expositors Bible Commentary] 


Bread and Christ are not the same thing. People eat bread to 
satisfy physical hunger and to sustain physical life. Here bread is used 
figuratively to illustrate that Jesus Christ supplies divine life to the 
believer just as bread nourishes the physical life. I am the bread of 
life is to be taken no more literally than the words "I am the door," 
or "I am the vine." Jesus is not physical bread, an actual door, or 
a grape vine. But just as physical bread must be eaten to receive 
its nourishing benefits, so the bread of life, Jesus Christ, must be 
eaten by receiving him through faith (John 6:29). In this way all who 
come to Jesus as the bread of life will find their spiritual hunger 
satisfied. [The One Year Bible Companion re John 6:35] 

Bread of life means "bread which supplies life." Manna satisfied 
physical needs for a while; Christ satisfies spiritual need forever. 
[Nelson SB] 


After Jesus miraculously feed the multitude, their physical 
hunger was only satisfied for a time, and the people went searching for 
more. Yet Jesus knew their needs went much deeper. Only when we 
develop a personal relationship with Jesus and acknowledge Him as Lord 
and Savior do we feel truly "filled." Then we can celebrate the 
promise along with the psalmist: "Taste and see that the Lord is good" 
(Psalm 34:8). [The 365 Daily Promise Bible By Barbour re John 6:26] 

The manna came only to the Jews and sustained physical life, but 
Jesus came for the whole world and gives eternal life. Just as you 
take food into your body, so you take Christ into your life; and He 
becomes one with you. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 

The Jews wanted a daily supply of physical bread. God had given 
them his Son as the true heavenly bread to meet their daily spiritual 
needs. The present tense indicates the continual supply. Unable to 
grasp that Jesus spoke about himself as the Bread of Life, the crowd 
said, "From now on give us this bread." Like the woman at the well who 
asked Jesus to give her the living water so she wouldn't be thirsty 
again and would never have to make any more long trips to the well, 
this crowd wanted what Jesus could give so their lives could be made 
easier. They missed the point. So Jesus told them directly, "I am the 
bread of life." If people wanted this bread, they must come to Jesus 
and believe in him. (Life Application Commentary) 

Jesus offers the ultimate spiritual satisfaction: If we believe 
in him, we will never hunger or thirst. But we have heard the 
gospel wrong if we think Jesus offers an escape from life and its 
problems. Thousands of Christians still face physical hunger, and millions 
face crushing difficulties. The gospel frees us to face life. In the 
middle of the world's pessimism and despair, the gospel unflinchingly 
claims that Jesus offers infinitely more than this life can give. We 
will be disappointed if we expect the presence of Jesus in us to mean 
that we are immune to sin, struggles, and failures. There are many 
ways to know hunger and thirst, and we will undoubtedly experience 
many of them. One of Jesus' last statements was, "In the world you 
face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!" 
(16:33 NRSV). (Life Application Commentary) 

   Jesus had just fed a multitude of people with only a few fish 
and five loaves of bread, and the crowds flocked after him. But he 
knew that they were looking for him because he had met their physical 
needs, so he told them, "Spend your energy seeking the eternal life 
that I, the Son of Man, can give you. For God the Father has sent me 
for that very purpose" (John 6:27). Jesus was pointing them to the 
spiritual life he offered, but the people were more interested in what 
Jesus could do for them. They wanted him to give them a miraculous 
sign before they would believe in him. They still didn't get it! So 
in this verse he declares himself to be the Bread of Life, the One 
who came from heaven to give life to the world. He promised that 
those who believe in him will never hunger or thirst again. It is easy 
for us to focus on what God can do for us and spend our energies on 
things that don't truly satisfy. But he has put within each of us a 
spiritual hunger that only he can fill. Ask God to stir up those yearnings 
for him today so that you can taste and see that the Lord is good. 
   Dear Jesus, Bread of Life, forgive me for seeking after 
things that will never really satisfy or fulfill my deepest longings. 
Forgive me for focusing on what you can do for me materially instead of 
seeking the rich, true life that comes from you. Cause me to hunger and 
thirst for you and your life today. [Praying Through The Bible By 
Fuller re John 6:35] 

   We know how to use physical bread. Whenever we are hungry we 
simply go and eat. Do we do that spiritually? Jesus said if we believe 
in Him, we will never be spiritually hungry, or malnourished, for 
He is the "bread of life." Every time we face a spiritual need, it 
is a simple matter of going to Christ and allowing Him to provide 
us with what we need. 
   Our problem is that sometimes we interpret Scripture based on 
our own experience. We say, "Yes, but I remember a time when I was 
spiritually hungry." If that is true, then either God did not tell the 
truth, or we misinterpreted our experience. Could it be that we tried 
to satisfy our spiritual hunger with human resources? Could it be 
that we relied so heavily upon friends and the experiences of others 
that we have never learned how to go to Christ for our own spiritual 
food? Could it be that we had a great spiritual feast several years 
ago, and we were so "full" of Christ that we thought we would never 
have to eat again? We grew lean and hungry because we were still 
operating on an encounter with God we had years ago. If you are lacking 
something spiritually, it is not because God does not have an abundance of 
resources prepared and available for you. It is that you have not come to 
Him in faith as He invites (John 10:10). 
   When God gave manna in the wilderness, the children of Israel 
had to go out each day to receive God's daily provision. Jesus 
taught His disciples to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread." 
Spiritual nourishment is something you must seek daily. Have you found 
spiritual food from Christ today? [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry 
and Richard Blackaby re John 6:35] 

   "I AM your nourishment. Your body can't survive long without 
food, but your spirit can't survive long without Me. Those who have 
never known Me are not spiritually alive. Those who do know Me but who 
don't eat and drink My Spirit are malnourished and weak. I won't let 
them die - they are born of an eternal Spirit - but they can't 
flourish without Me. They walk through their days lifelessly.  
   "Many people believe that accepting Me as their Savior should 
cause them to never hunger or thirst again. But look around. How many 
people called by My name are hungry and thirsty? How many are satisfied 
with life? Numerous Christians are burdened with heavy issues, 
struggling with their relationships, frustrated and disappointed that their 
dreams are dying. It isn't because they aren't saved. It's because they 
aren't feeding on Me. They aren't filling their hearts - not just their 
minds, but their innermost selves - with My words and My thoughts. They 
may focus on the Bible - through whatever lenses they see it - but 
they aren't focused on Me, the Living One. They are saved without 
experiencing the joys of salvation.  
   "Don't be like that. I offered you abundant life, and I meant 
it. I came that your joy might be full. Do you want to experience 
the abundance of My life and the fullness of My joy? Do you want to 
overcome problems rather than be victimized by them? You'll face them, of 
course - everyone does. But I never mean for them to crush you. I never 
mean for your joy to be quenched. And I never mean for you to 'live' 
without life. Come and eat. Feed on Me. Fill yourself with the Bread of 
Life. You never need to hunger again."  
   Dear Jesus, I'm tired of stale "bread" - the religious 
dictates that offer no joy. I want the real You. Personally. Feed me with 
Your life. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by 
Chris Tiegreen] 

   The life of Christ that gives life to the world is in His 
word. It was by His word that Jesus healed disease and cast out 
demons; by His word He stilled the sea, and raised the dead; and the 
people bore witness that His word was with power.  
   Like their Master, they were to live "by every word that 
proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matt. 4:4.  
   As our physical life is sustained by food, so our spiritual 
life is sustained by the word of God. And every soul is to receive 
life from God's word for himself. As we must eat for ourselves in 
order to receive nourishment, so we must receive the word for 
ourselves. We are not to obtain it merely through the medium of another's 
mind. We should carefully study the Bible, asking God for the aid of 
the Holy Spirit, that we may understand His word. We should take one 
verse, and concentrate the mind on the task of ascertaining the thought 
which God has put in that verse for us. We should dwell upon the 
thought until it becomes our own, and we know "what saith the Lord."  
   The word of God, received into the soul, molds the thoughts, 
and enters into the development of character.  
   By looking constantly to Jesus with the eye of faith, we 
shall be strengthened. God will make the most precious revelations to 
His hungering, thirsting people. They will find that Christ is a 
personal Saviour. As they feed upon His word, they find that it is spirit 
and life. The word destroys the natural, earthly nature, and imparts 
a new life in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit comes to the soul as a 
Comforter. By the transforming agency of His grace, the image of God is 
reproduced in the disciple; he becomes a new creature. Love takes the place 
of hatred, and the heart receives the divine similitude. This is 
what it means to live "by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth 
of God." This is eating the Bread that comes down from heaven. 

The words of God are the wellsprings of life. As you seek unto 
those living springs you will, through the Holy Spirit, be brought 
into communion with Christ. Familiar truths will present themselves 
to your mind in a new aspect, texts of Scripture will burst upon 
you with a new meaning as a flash of light, you will see the 
relation of other truths to the work of redemption, and you will know 
that Christ is leading you, a divine Teacher is at your side. MB18-21 


Manna was to be gathered in the morning; and those that would 
find Christ must seek him early. (Matthew Henry's Commentary) 

God provided the manna in a way that would also teach the people 
something about their relationship with Him. Every day God gave enough 
manna for that day. No one could gather more than a day's supply. 
There had to be a continual, constant dependence on God; [Victor 
Teacher's Commentary] 







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