The Bread that Satisfies

John 6:24-35        
24 When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus replied, “I assure you that you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate all the food you wanted. 27 Don’t work for the food that doesn’t last but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Human One[a] will give you. God the Father has confirmed him as his agent to give life.” 28 They asked, “What must we do in order to accomplish what God requires?” 29 Jesus replied, “This is what God requires, that you believe in him whom God sent.” 30 They asked, “What miraculous sign will you do, that we can see and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”[b] 32 Jesus told them, “I assure you, it wasn’t Moses who gave the bread from heaven to you, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 The bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said, “Sir,[c] give us this bread all the time!” 35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

The crowd, having just been fed, went looking for Jesus. They had to go across the lake to find him. “What are you doing over here?” they asked. “You don’t fool me,” Jesus said to them. “You are not really hungry for a new word about what God has in store for you. You just want your bellies to be full. There is a spiritual food provided by Humanity’s Child that can satisfy your deepest hungers.” They asked, “So, what then must we do to in order to get that spiritual food?” Jesus responded, “Simply trust the one God has sent into your midst.” They reacted quickly. “Why should we trust you? What spiritual food are you handing out. After all, Moses found manna (heavenly bread) for our people in the wilderness. Top that!” Jesus answered, “Actually, it wasn’t Moses; it was God who fed our people in the wilderness. God still wants to feed you.” “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said, “Friends, listen to what I am telling you about the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice. That is the bread that feeds and satisfies the deepest hungers of life and quenches your thirsts.

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