"'For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.'"
Matthew 14. Mark 6. Luke 9. John 6. Only one story makes its way into all four Gospels: the feeding of 5,000. Again Jesus was on the north side of Galilee, near Capernaum, and the crowds were now coming from great distances to be near the famed teacher. Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with His disciples to teach. But this was not just preaching or healing. This was both because it would be a miracle to teach about life.
The people were hungry, and as a test, Jesus asked Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” Andrew saw the young boy with five little barley loaves and two small fish… such an insignificant answer to such a great need. Yet, after this meager amount was blessed, the Lord continued handing out food until all had their fill. He then taught the people that He was the true bread, the life they needed. They could eat and be satisfied. “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (v. 35).
THE JEWS THOUGHT THE COMING MESSIAH WOULD RENEW THE MIRACLE OF MANNA IN THE WILDERNESS. THIS TRUE BREAD DOES MORE, BRINGING US LIFE TODAY.