In church this morning, we were reading John 6. You know, the passage about Jesus being the bread of life? Of course you know, because all good Christians know that Jesus is the bread of life! But as my wonderful pastor (Jonathan Haefs) continued speaking, he challenged me on what Jesus really means by being the "bread of life."
John 6:35 "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
So. Why does Jesus compare himself to bread? Couldn't be have gotten a bigger, greater comparison? What about if he said "I am the eternal happiness." Doesn't that sound better? What's so great about bread? (I mean, Jesus did know that some people were gluten free right??)
Jesus parallels himself with bread to show that faith looks a lot like feasting. What does that mean, exactly? It means that our faith should be in abundant amounts.
Feasting is not just eating. We shouldn't view Jesus as a meal that we eat 3 times a day. Jesus is our bread, our portion, our prize that we are GIVEN freely. So. What does it mean to feast on Jesus?
It means we should view Jesus as our one soul satisfaction.
It means we should treasure Jesus more than we treasure any worldly thing.
We should be so in love with Jesus that nothing can shake us.
We should wake up every morning thanking God for blessing us with another day to live and spread his Word.
We should turn to Jesus every day, every hour, every minute, every second.
We have to become so obsessed with learning about Jesus that we don't have time to obsesses over our own desires. If we're not hungry for Christ, we're probably too full of ourselves.
We must learn to go to God, arms high and head low, just to speak to Him. We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from Him, and not for Him alone.
We need to be wide eyed and mystified, staring at the beauty of our King, every time we open His love letter to us.
We should crave to learn more about Jesus, always.
We should love him- with all our heart.
We should feast on Him.
The Bible goes on to say,
John 6:36 "But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe."
Let's remember who Jesus is talking to in this passage. Just earlier in the same chapter, he turned 5 loaves of bread into 5 thousand pieces of bread. Bread. And yet still, all the people did not turn to him! Were those people not looking?? Did Jesus forget to give the back row bread? No. Everyone was provided with bread, from the bread of life Himself.
What Jesus is saying is that he IS the bread of life.
Only he can truly satisfy us.
Only he can fill us.
So it sounds easy enough to believe in him as the bread of life and be a christian, right?
How come so often people identify as Christian, but don't live it out? How come Jesus says in Matthew 7, "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me."
Wait, what??? I thought if we knew the Lord we got into Heaven??? What happened to John 3:16? "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Is God saying that some people that know the name of the Lord will be turned away?
Simply knowing that the Lord of the universe exists is not having a living and real relationship with Him. Don't believe me? Even the devil and his demons believe in Him.
James 2:19 "You believe that there is one God- good! Even the demons believe that."
Even Satan knows that God exists. Satan knows that God is mighty and powerful. Satan believes in God.
So, what does this mean for us? This means that we cannot simply know God exists. If you solely believe that God exists, you have the same amount of faith that the devil has. You have to live by his word. You have to read his word, and let it transform you. You have to let Jesus become your everything. You have to allow Jesus to become your sole source of bread. Satan knows the truth too, but he does not feast on Jesus.
Learn to let yourself feast upon Jesus, and who He is.
The good news is this- if you have real, authentic, and genuine faith, you are Jesus' child forever.
John 6:39 "And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day."
You cannot lose your faith.
Faith in Jesus, real and serious faith in Jesus, is life altering. If you do lose your faith, it was never real in the first place.
He promises that He will not lose any of us, and that He will raise us up on the last day.
Trust His promise.
Feast upon Him-
He is waiting to fulfill you.
"I believe that the only thing that truly satisfies the longing within us, is to know God more intimately today than we did yesterday."