The bread of life continued.
“‘ 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.'” John 6:35, NIV. The people did not follow Jesus so they could be with him. They followed Him because they wanted Him to satisfy their physical needs. Jesus fed them and healed their diseases with intent to create an occasion to tell the people they need to seek spiritual food. Food which satisfies the bodily needs is short-lived, but the spiritual food is for eternity. Jesus does not call us to Him to receive what He has to offer, but to have Him; because He is our life and our way to the Father for eternity. “‘ I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” John 14:6, NIV. “‘ I am the living bread,'” proclaimed Jesus. In what way is He our “living bread”?
“‘This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.'” John 6:51, NIV. The humankind was dead in sin; therefore, it needed a new life. Ephesians 2:1. We received the new life, in Jesus Christ, through the grand exchange, in the body of Jesus, on the cross at Golgotha. “But because of his great love for us, God, who abounds in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4 – 7, NIV.
God, in Jesus Christ, gave us more than we could now comprehend. However, to have eternal life, and all that God gives to us, we must, here and now, trust Jesus, and believe Him. John 6:47. We must come to Jesus because we want to know Him and be with Him, because of who and what He is, not because of what He has to offer. God, on the cross at Golgotha, put our sin on Jesus Christ so that we can have His righteousness. 2 Corinthians 5:21. Also, God put on Jesus our natural inclination to sin. Isaiah 53:6. Therefore, our sinful life died forever, in the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross. “For Christ love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” 2 Corinthians 5:14. (The emphasis is mine) Therefore, God replaced our sinful life with the perfect and eternal life of Jesus Christ. This grand exchange, on the cross at Golgotha, was for all humankind. John 12:32. Those who believe that God has accomplished the salvation of the world, in Jesus Christ, on the cross, have eternal life, here and now. Those who do not believe so remain condemned. John 3:14, 15, 18.