I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall never hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)
Jesus Christ professed to be “the bread of life” who by indwelling the human soul could satisfy and sustain it and impart eternal life.
Recently, Jesus had fed 5,000 people by miraculous multiplying a little boy’s five barley loaves and two fish. Because of this and countless other miracles, crowds flocked to Him for help and to witness His supernatural power.
Jesus rebuked them for seeking merely the physical provision that perishes, exhorting them to work for the food that endures to eternal life. For the bread of life, which God the Father sent Jesus to earth to give.
They demanded a sign to believe Him as the Christ, such as the manna Moses gave in the dessert. Jesus responded, “The bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
Jesus Christ alone can satisfy the hunger and longing of human souls. He supplies strength, life and all sustenance the soul needs, and deep and certain fulfilment. As the poet proclaims in Psalm 107:9, “For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”