“I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

I’m going to cut to the chase and ask you the question for the day. How do you feel when you read this verse?

‘I am the bread of life’, Jesus says. As long as we walk with Him, we will never, I repeat, never hunger, and we will never thirst. In fact, in another translation, it is even more emphatic.

“Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).” John 6:35 [AMPC]

He who believes, cleaves to and trusts in Jesus, relying on Him for his provision and sustenance will never, at any time, be hungry nor be thirsty.

Now, I’d like all of us who are facing problems right now to raise our hands. I obviously can’t see you, but I am confident that out of all who have read, are reading and will ever read this message, there are going to be a lot of raised hands out there. Because the truth is, troubles exist, problems exist, lack exists and it is happening right now; if not to us, then we certainly know someone who is facing lack in their lives right now. So what’s the deal, Jesus?

You know, we are no different from those who lived during Jesus’ time. In fact, we are perhaps ‘better’ to some degree, and we will see why in a moment. So if you have ever had those thoughts, hey, relax. You are not the first, and you are certainly not going to be the last. But what’s important is for us to see how we should deal with those thoughts when they come around. So let’s see how.

“The following day, the crowd, who had remained on the other side of the lake, noticed that only the one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not embarked on it with the disciples, but that they had in fact gone off by themselves. Some other small boats from Tiberias had landed quite near the place where they had eaten the food and the Lord had given thanks. When the crowd realised that neither Jesus nor the disciples were there any longer, they themselves got into the boats and went off to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they had found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, “Master, when did you come here?”” John 6:22-25 [PHILLIPS]

Here you have a crowd, and this crowd was looking for Jesus. So eager were they to look for Jesus that they were keen-eyed enough to spot the ‘decoy’ boat that had sailed out. And the moment they realized that Jesus was not on the ‘decoy’ boat, they went off in search of Him. What a faithful bunch, weren’t they?

Now, this passage also tells us that this was not the first time that these people had contact with Jesus. In fact, ‘the following day’ tells us that they just had contact with Jesus the day before. And we also get some clues as to the nature of their earlier encounter with Jesus, because the Bible tells us that they had gone back to ‘the place where they had eaten the food and the Lord had given thanks’. Yes, they had been fed the day before and are coming back for more. Not so faithful now, are they?

You know, don’t think that this is conjecture. There is no need for inference on our part because Jesus makes it plain why they came.

““Believe me,” replied Jesus, “you are looking for me now not because you saw my signs but because you ate that food and had all you wanted.” John 6:26 [PHILLIPS]

The penny drops. These were not faithful, sincere followers. They were what our society would call ‘leeches’, ‘free-loaders’; people out to take advantage of the kindness of Jesus and fleece Him for all the good that He can provide.

Now, I’m going to give you a moment to think about how you would respond if you were Jesus. Would you have said, ‘Away from me, you filthy leeches’? Or perhaps, ‘Didn’t have enough, and now you are back for more’?

Well, here is how Jesus responded.

“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” John 6:27

Jesus is saying to them, hey, relax; don’t chase me around the lake just for bread. I’ve got better stuff that I am more than willing to give you, stuff that will last you through in this life and the next.

Bet you didn’t see that coming did you?

But isn’t it so typical? You see them in churches all around. Every church has them. The ones my mother used to call the ‘Foul-weathered Christian’. You never see them in church unless something bad happens, or it’s a special occasion and it is ‘fashionable’ for them to go to church. You know the kind; they are the ones that make it so that your usual favorite seat in the pew is taken come Christmas service. Yes, those kind. The ones that you don’t like, and will never be, right? Oh, you have been like that too?

Alright, I jest. We all have been like that. When things are going well, we are quite content to potter along our merry way and we even forget to say ‘hi’ to Jesus, don’t we? How long do your daily prayers last when things are going well? Do you even pray when things are going well?

Yes, we’ve all been there and done that. And if you are starting to feel a little guilty for it right now, great; now stop. There’s no need for that. Notice how Jesus was so generous with the people? So too will He be as generous with you. In fact, if getting caught up in your good life and forgetting to say ‘hi’ to Jesus is your only problem, then you’re not as bad as the ones that Jesus was talking to. Let’s see why.

“Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”” John 6:28-31

Hello? Am I the only one that sees the problem here? Just the day before, these very same people had just seen Jesus turn 5 loaves and 2 fish into more food than 5000 people needed. So much in fact that He had 12 basket-full left to spare. And now they were back for more. But not only did Jesus not rebuke them for their selfish greed, He told them that all they needed to do to get the food they were after, and more, was to believe in Him. Yet they had the audacity to ask for a sign! Hadn’t they already eaten the ‘sign’ and were now coming back for more ‘signs’?

And that’s our problem, beloved. Jesus has already worked many miracles in our lives. But because they have all been ‘consumed’ and ‘passed out’, we stop seeing the remnant traces in our lives. And when that happens, we forget all the good that Jesus has ever done. In fact, we forget so completely and comprehensively that it was as if Jesus has never done anything for us. Isn’t that true?

So when troubles come and those well-meaning around us tell us to put our faith in Jesus, we get upset, and we tell Jesus to ‘put His money where His mouth is’ and we openly declare that we will never believe unless we see a sign, unless He does something for us right here, right now.

But don’t you see, when that happens, we have become like that crowd, and we have lost the plot. Losing sight of all that our Father has done for us, forgetting what Jesus has given to us and protected us from only hurts us even more. And the worst thing is, the pain is unnecessary, unfounded and uncalled for. Because it is not the truth.

Yet, despite our hardness of hearts which arises from our poor short term memory, Jesus, instead of rebuking us, says,

“…I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).” John 6:35 [AMPC]

You forgot all that I have done for you? It’s ok. Come to me. I’ve got lots of time to show you again and again just how much I love you. For you see, as Paul puts it,

“Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.” Ephesians 2:4-6 [MSG]

And “Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7 [MSG]

Beloved, we all suffer from selective short term memory loss. Once we have received our deliverance, we forget the source of our blessings. And once troubles rear their ugly heads again, we forget that we have been delivered before.

But you know what? That’s alright. Come to Jesus and let Him remind you. Let Him show you again and again, just how much you are loved and just how well you will be protected and provided for. For because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” Hebrews 13:8

To you He will always be “…the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).” John 6:35 [AMPC]

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