MONDAY, MARCH 15
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger,
and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.”
John 6:35 (ESV)
I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE
In Greek mythology, King Tantalus was punished in the underworld by being chained in a lake. Its waters reached to his chin but receded whenever he bent down to satisfy his burning thirst. Over his head were branches laden with choice fruit, but they immediately withdrew whenever he reached upward to satisfy his hunger. A symbol of utter frustration, his name is immortalized in the English word “tantalize.”
On Sunday, Mike introduced our series on the “I Am” statements of Jesus. We were introduced to Jesus as the Bread of Life. As the Bread of Life, Jesus is the Savior who alone who can provide life’s ultimate satisfaction. Historically, bread was the most important part of the meal. In Jesus’ day, meat was simply a side dish, and bread represented the major part of the meal. When Jesus says that He is the bread of life, He’s saying that He’s the most important part of life. Seeking to satisfy the human soul apart from Christ is utterly futile.
C.S. Lewis put it like this: “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” What are some of the things you have tried to find satisfaction with that have left you frustrated? Mike gave us several reasons why Jesus may not be satisfying us. We will review those reasons this week.
Praise God for wanting us to experience perfect and eternal satisfaction in Him.