Jesus is the Bread of Life. We’re going to dive a little deeper into what this means.
John 6:35 (NLT) – Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
I was looking at this scripture and I wanted to understand what does hungry mean in the Greek. I looked it up and here’s what one of the definitions say.
(Strong’s G 3983) – peinaō
I. to hunger, be hungry
A. to suffer want
B. to be needy
What does that say to you? Jesus has said, “Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.” Let’s replace with the Greek definitions.
“Whoever comes to me will never suffer want or be needy again.” – Hallelujah! When we accept the Bread of Life, we shall never suffer want again. When we partake of the Bread of Life we shall never lack again! We shall never desire or crave another! We shall never be in need again! The Bread of Life is all inclusive. Jesus gives all things that we need in this life and in the one to come (2 Peter 1:2-4).
Now, let’s look at thirsty.
(Strong’s G 1372) – dipsaō
I. to suffer thirst, suffer from thirst
A. figuratively, those who are said to thirst who painfully feel their want of, and eagerly long for, those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, strengthened
Wow! In Jesus, our souls are refreshed and satisfied. We shall never suffer from a lack of support! He is our Ever-Present Help. He strengthens us with His own life (Romans 8:11)!
Now, let’s look at Matthew 4.
Matthew 4:1-2 NLT – 1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights He fasted and became very hungry.
There is another definition of hungry.
(Strong’s G 3983) – peinaō
II. metaph. to crave ardently, to seek with eager desire
Jesus wasn’t only hungry for physical food, He eagerly desired to fulfill His destiny. He was strengthened by the Father and the Holy Spirit the entire 40 days of fasting. He was shown what was to come in His ministry. Jesus craved to go but He wasn’t quite prepared yet. Until He conquered the same issues that man succumbed to, He was not able to start His ministry. Jesus’ passionate love for us all, was what kept Him grounded through this trying period of temptation.
Matthew 4:3-4 NLT – 3 During that time the devil came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
Jesus could not command stones (which represent the Law) to become bread because that would be a false Christ. The Law could never save anyone. Only Jesus could because He is the Bread of Life. There was no other substitute possible. Jesus knew who He was and that no one else could finish His work!
God spoke Jesus into existence by the mouth of many prophets through history. We don’t truly live by physical food; we live by every Word God has spoken, in other words, Jesus! Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. We live by Him and by His words. Every word spoken of Him and by Him comprises the bread. Every word of healing, restoration, blessing, prosperity, wisdom, purpose, identity, and love: this is what the Bread of Life is made of! This is what we are choosing to receive!
Jesus is the Bread of Life! Accept Him, receive the promises, be assured that what He has said is for your good and will come to pass in your life!
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your finished work on the cross. You remain victorious over death forevermore! Lord, I choose to receive Your love. You are the Bread of Life, Jesus, and I’m grateful to You. I partake of You by speaking out in authority what I have in You. I choose to accept Your promises of healing, restoration, blessing, prosperity, wisdom, purpose, and identity! Jesus, thank You for Your goodness. Thank You for Your faithfulness to me. Hallelujah, Jesus, You are Lord of all and I give You praise for You have provided everything I’ll ever need. Hallelujah, thank You Jesus! Amen.”
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