Track Group | 9.6
Track Group | 9.6
Hi Everyone and welcome to this week’s Track Group Online!
We’ve been looking at the I AM statements that Jesus made.
There were seven and we’re at the end…
This week we are looking at what it means for Jesus to say:
“I AM the bread of life”
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
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. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
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. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 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. 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 Bible Project – Ecclesiates
Have you ever eaten somthing that had gone off? – I know I have, it’s good to listen to the dates on hummus. Food spoiling or going bad is the image that Jesus uses to point people to following him… True sustainance. True life.
When Jesus is saying these things to his followers and those that are listening in he tells them to “not work for food that spoils.” I wonder if you’ve reflected on that saying before?
The context of Jesus saying these things is that people were trying to “work” their way into eternal life but infact what they were getting was the food that spoils. Just as the words of Ecclesiates remind us… fame, wealth… even good looks fade with time and are meaningless (as the teacher says.) The teacher in Ecclesiates keeps reminding the reader that there are good things though… things that don’t spoil: to share a meal with friends. It’s no coincidence that Jesus points to himself as the bread of life and then uses a meal to symbolise all that he has done for us (passover/communion.)
Where are you working for things that spoil?
What brings you life right now?
In lockdown I know many people have used this time to develop hobbies, skill and talents… Some have been more creative than ever. Others have been reading, exercising as well as getting on with work and school. When we think about Jesus being the bread of life we think about a few different main points that need pulling out.
- Bread that brings life
Jesus saying I am the bread of life means that when we believe and follow him he sustains us. Keeps us going. Not just into eternal life but now; there is sustainance to know now. Many of us need reminding of this while we’re in lockdown… we have a hope that goes beyond our immediate circumstances.
- Bread needs eating
Loads of people are doing that marshmallow challenge with their kids on Tik Tok (now I feel cool) but to play that with bread would be so hard… especially warm, freshly baked, bread. Can you imagine the smell? Jesus as the bread of life brings this image of just needing to eat it. When we dive into reading about Jesus we want to know and experience more. We just have to take the opportunity to say “yes.”
- We are filled
When we take in the bread of life, we are filled. Being filled is language we use when talking about the Holy Spirit; when we say “yes” to Jesus we’re filled with the Holy Spirit to be more like him.
Dear God, we thank you for sending your son that we might have access to life. We pray that we might know your sustaining power through the had times as well as the good. Amen.
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