Jesus Is the Bread of Life

This month we are looking at the tabernacle and its representation of Jesus. Today, we look at how the table of bread represents Jesus, our bread of life. This is a past post from Precept Ministries International where you can also read it here.
 
It was at Capernaum where Jesus taught that He is the bread of life, the one thing that really does satisfy.
 
Recommended Reading:
John 6:16-7:1
Matthew 4:12-23, 8:5-7, 11:20-24, Mark:1:21-39, 2:1-12, Luke 4:31-44,

Facts about Capernaum:

  • Northwest side of Sea of Galilee
  • 20 miles northeast of Nazareth
  • A thriving cosmopolitan melting pot of Greek, Roman and Jewish culture
  • Headquarters for most of Jesus’ ministry
  • Jesus performed many miracles here

What happened at Capernium?


A large crowd had followed Jesus for several days listening to His teachings and witnessing His miracles. Near Tiberias He fed a crowd of 5,000 with only five barley loaves and two fish. The next day, when the people could not find Him, they went to Capernaum looking for Him. Jesus knew that originally the people followed Him because of His miracles, but now their motive was to get fed!(John 6:26) Even if they were attracted only by the miracles, at least the miracles pointed to Jesus as Messiah. But now, it was not the messianic miracles they wanted, it was the food. Jesus pointed out that there are two kinds of food: food for the body, which is necessary but not the most important and food for the inner man, the spirit, which is essential. He said “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures for eternal life which the Son of Man will give you…”(John 6:27) What the people needed was not food but life. Food only sustains life, but Jesus gives eternal life. The words of Isaiah come to mind: “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?” (Isa. 55:2)

The people asked Jesus “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”(John 6:28) They had totally missed the point – steeped in a works based religion they thought they had “to do something” to receive eternal life. Jesus clarified it by saying that only one thing was necessary – to believe in the One God sent, Jesus (John 6:29). 

Ask yourself:


Are you trying to do something to have a relationship with God?

On what terms do you want God? 
Are you trying to work your way to heaven?
Have you believed and totally surrendered your life to Him?
If not, do you want to?

 

Friend, the fact that you would want to surrender your life to Him means that He is drawing you. Believe, place your faith in Jesus. Give your life to Him. It is not about working, but surrendering.

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