Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
All of the religions of the world have a religious program of do’s and don’ts to absolve your sins-a program of begging to be accepted and to be forgiven-a program of works to do to be free to come to God, which becomes a program of bondage to a certain performance of works. But you don’t have to do anything to be accepted, forgiven or free; those would be works that perish anyway! The work that God wants you to do is to believe Jesus! Here we are back to JESUS PLUS NOTHING! The work of God that we are to do is to simply believe Jesus-believe in him, trust him and keep on trusting him.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” (John 6:35-38)
Those who heard Jesus’ words began grumbling against Him. In response Jesus explained further and said: “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:48-58)
Manna was sent down from heaven to the children of Israel for their daily use. They could not store it or it would rot, so they had to gather it daily and eat it. It was a daily sustenance for them to be nourished and to remain healthy. Jesus points out to His listeners that this supernatural distribution of the manna in the time of Moses was good, but all who ate of it are not still alive, but they are all dead.
Jesus is really saying with reference to the manna, “I’M THE NEW MANNA IN TOWN!” This is why He says I AM the bread of life-the living bread that offers eternal life to anyone who eats it. If you believe in Jesus and trust Him as your daily manna, you will never hunger, never thirst, have eternal life and will be raised up at the end. As with the old manna in the wilderness, your relationship with Jesus as the living manna must be gathered and cultivated every day. If you try to store it, you will lose its freshness. So, it’s a daily trusting of Jesus-depending upon Him as if your life depended on it!
JESUS IS THE NEW MANNA IN TOWN! Take him into your life and allow him to be your strength. Embrace Jesus, the “bread” that keeps you nourished, alive and spiritually whole. Jesus wants the most intimate relationship with you possible. He wants you to ingest him as you would bread and he, the bread of life, becomes an essential reality in your life. It’s SECRET #44: The follower of Jesus relates to the Master as the bread of life.