I Am The Bread
In John 6, verse 35 we have this wonderful statement: “I am the Bread of Life…” it seems a simple enough statement and yet to those listening this was shocking. Shocking because Jesus dared to utter the name of God (‘I AM’). Shocking because he applied it to himself. Shocking because he then adds to it by claiming to be ‘the bread of life.’
What did he mean by such statement? In the time of Christ ‘bread’ was fundamental and foundational to daily life. In every village the sound of the millstone grinding would have been heard. For there to be no sound of grinding meant there would be no bread and that would be a sign of disaster for them. Bread was foundational to daily life. Most of them only ever ate bread. Anything else was a luxury. So Christ claiming to be ‘the bread of life’ was saying that he was fundamental to daily life.
You know it is interesting that Christ was born in Bethlehem and the two parts of that name ‘Beth’ (house) and ‘lehem’ (bread) when put together means ‘House of Bread.’ Jesus ‘the bread of life’ was born in the ‘House of Bread.’ He was saying to these people that he was the sustenance of life and that he was all they needed for life. Physical hunger would return no matter how much bread they ate. Christ claimed that he alone could satisfy the hunger and the thirst of their lives. By speaking both hunger and thirst Christ was moving their minds and hearts from the temporal to the eternal and from the physical to the spiritual.