John 6:30-34 – Lesson #66

After feeding the 5000, Jesus exhorted those who followed Him to labor “for the food which endures to everlasting life” (John 6:27). He then explained the work of God was to “believe in Him whom He sent” (John 6:29). This was a bold statement, and the Jews who were gathered understood the meaning. Jesus was claiming to be the greater Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15), God’s anointed One (Psalm 2), the Christ. But for this claim to be believed, they would require proof.

John 6:30-34
“Therefore they said to Him, ‘What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”‘ Then Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ Then they said to Him, ‘Lord, give us this bread always.'”

It seems odd that those who just the day before had witnessed Jesus multiply the bread and fish would now ask for a sign. The miracle had certainly convinced some; “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world” (John 6:14). But those who followed Jesus across the sea saw Him only as someone who could help their physical needs. The miracle with the bread and fish was good, but surely the Christ would perform a miracle greater than Moses. Jesus had “only” multiplied earthly bread, Moses brought down bread from heaven – referring to the manna supplied to the nation of Israel during the wandering years in the desert.

Once again Jesus took the opportunity to teach about true life. NO message is more important. The best this world can offer is nothing without the true life of which Jesus spoke; “what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Matthew 16:26). Jesus reminded them it wasn’t Moses who supplied the bread in the desert. The bread was a gift from God, but even this gift of physical bread given to a nation year after year cannot compare to the gift of true bread sent from God to give life to the world.

Jesus specifically said the bread of God is “He who comes down from heaven.” But again, His message was misunderstood. Perhaps with a slight hunger pain in their stomach, the gathered Jews said “give us this bread.” Their response was nearly identical to that of the woman at the well; “give me this water” (John 4:15). Both allowed physical concerns to block Spiritual truth. Both sought only the lesser blessing.

Let’s seek His best! “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign” (Matthew 12:39). These are strong words, but true faith never flows from a process of “see and believe,” rather, it is based on the promise that as we believe we will see; “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40). The world can never produce true life. When we believe, we will finally see the better way of truth which was fully revealed when the bread of life came down from Heaven.

Have a Great Day!

Steve Troxel
God’s Daily Word Ministries