Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
We all know what it’s like to be hungry. And we all know what it’s like to be well fed—especially around the holidays. Sometimes we even go a little bit past “full” to feeling stuffed and wanting to just lie down and take a nap. But then there are those times when we eat just enough and feel perfectly satisfied. Satisfied is a good feeling, isn’t it?
Jesus relates to our humanity by using food and water as metaphors for the spiritual satisfaction that only He can provide and that we so desperately need. Once when physically tired and thirsty as He walked from Judea to Galilee He came to a well and asked a woman for a drink. In their conversation He mentioned that he had “living water” that could provide lasting satisfaction. When she asked about it, Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
A short time later, Jesus miraculously fed more than 5,000 people with just a few small fish and loaves of bread. All the people who ate were satisfied and Jesus turned their focus from physical satisfaction to spiritual satisfaction, saying “For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:33-35).
He went on to say, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day” (John 6:40).
Question: Have you found spiritual satisfaction in Jesus?
Challenge: Read John 4 and John 6
Prayer: Thank you Jesus, for providing us with lasting spiritual satisfaction.
Dan Kinnaman, Chapel Leader -- Norwich Sea Unicorns