32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
35 Then Jesus declared, “I Am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 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. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
The people reply, “always give us this bread.”
Jesus says. I Am He, I Am this Bread!
Can you imagine the shock of the people as Jesus says, you’re looking at Him? I Am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me will never go hungry and he who believes in me will never go thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still do not believe?
These Jews have an attitude with Jesus that says, we like what you’re doing but we just don’t believe what you say. Now isn’t that the way we are? We love the blessings and benefits that Jesus gives. We love what He is doing – the protection, the provision, food on our tables, clothes on our back, healing our diseases, paying our bills, causing the sun to shine and the stars to come out, being our lawyer and our vindicator. The Lord works in our behalf every day, every hour, every minute and we love it. We love what He does, but sometimes we choose not to believe what He says.
We don’t believe God when He tells us to walk in obedience to His commands, to pray without ceasing, to love everybody even our enemies. We say, I don’t believe in clapping and lifting hands as praise, I don’t believe a man can love his wife as Christ has loved the church, I don’t believe in giving to God’s kingdom, I don’t believe God wants me to forgive her or in submitting to others. It’s sad, saints, we make the choice to ignore the God breathed, God inspired, Holy Scriptures but we’re just like the people in this Scripture. We have our hands out for the benefit and not our hearts for the True Blessing, Jesus, His Spirit and His Word.
We seek the miracle, rather that the Miracle Giver; we seek the blessing, instead of the Blesser; we seek the provisions, rather than the Provider; we seek the healing, not the Healer.
The Lord is seeking a people who will pursue intimate relationship rather than His hand. The Lord yearns for a people who desire Him for who He is more than for what He does or what He gives. It is where we find satisfaction. This is our safe place. A place that brings Him glory and His children great blessing and benefit. When God shines His face upon us, His hand comes as well. He truly is, I Am That I Am, everything we need in every regard. One of my favorite verses of encouragement is Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
God is looking for a people who will say, Lord, I love your hand but what I really want is to come closer to you, to know you more intimately and vibrantly, to behold your beauty, to see your face, to live in your glory. This is to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
O God, I’m hungry and thirsty.
I believe my satisfaction can be found in Jesus.
Intimacy with You is my soul’s desire!
“You will seek Me and find Me when you seek me with all your heart.
I will be found by you, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:13