Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
I have been reading and studying John looking for insight and I almost missed it, even though I know it. We have here in John two of the most retold Sunday School miracles from Jesus life. In John 6:1-15 we see Jesus feeding the 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Next, in John 6:16-21 we see Jesus walking on the sea. Each miracle is awesome in and of itself, put together, they show the amazing power of Jesus over the physical aspects of our world. He can make matter multiply and he can command the elements. Any science fiction fan can attest to how super cool it would be to command the elements, let alone be able to make bread divide to feed many.
But Jesus is no mere magician. And while the crowd and even his disciples are overwhelmed with the physical aspects of these miracles they miss the point entirely. For several chapters now Jesus has been pointing to the all surpassing greatness of Himself and his ability to lead us to the Father. Jesus is the living water which we can have and never thirst again. He is the bread of life which we can eat and never be hungry again. He has been trying to direct our attention to the fact that we no longer need worry about food or water, we need only have Jesus. He is everything. If we have him, we have the Father. If we have Him, all else will be provided. Faith alone in Christ alone as our hope for everything. He is everything.
Father God, how simple, and yet overwhelming profound is the greatness of your glory. Thank you for sending your son. Thank you that he is all we need for life. May I learn to concern myself less and less with the daily provisions, and more and more on my daily dose of you. May all I do, like Jesus, point to your holiness, glory and honor.