What Jesus Did! 'Not Hungry?' — John 6:35

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Then Jesus said, "I am the bread that gives life. The person that comes to me will never be hungry. The person that believes in me will never be thirsty.
— John 6:35
Illustration of John 6:35 — Then Jesus said, "I am the bread that gives life. The person that comes to me will never be hungry. The person that believes in me will never be thirsty.

Key Thought

Hunger is a powerful motivator. When human beings get hungry enough, they will do almost anything to acquire food. What if we were that hungry for God? What if we were that hungry for God's Bread, his Son Jesus? While we have learned to recognize our physical hunger, so many today cannot identify that empty spot in their souls, the ache in their hearts, as a hunger for God. Only God, through his Son Jesus can truly fill this empty spot. Jesus is the one who quenches our spiritual thirst and satisfies our spiritual hunger. Come to him. Listen to him. Let his words and his love give you life!

Today's Prayer

Quench my thirsty soul, O God, and satisfy my spiritual hunger. I have tried to fill the void with diversions and trifles that do not satisfy. Father, only Jesus can fill this empty spot in my soul. Only your Son can sustain me through the challenging days I face. I believe in you, Lord Jesus. I praise you. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

The next day came. Some people had stayed on the other side of the lake. These people knew that Jesus did not go with his followers in the boat. The people knew that Jesus' followers had left in the boat alone. And they knew that it was the only boat that was there. But then some boats from Tiberias came. The boats landed near the place where the people had eaten {the day before}. This was where they had eaten the bread after the Lord (Jesus) gave thanks. The people saw that Jesus and his followers were not there now. So the people got into the boats and went to Capernaum. They wanted to find Jesus. The people found Jesus on the other side of the lake. They asked Jesus, "Teacher, when did you come here?" Jesus answered, "Why are you looking for me? Are you looking for me because you saw me do miracles that prove my power? No! I tell you the truth. You are looking for me because you ate the bread and you were satisfied (full). Earthly food spoils and ruins. So don't work to get that kind of food. But work to get the food that stays good always and gives you life forever. The Son of Man will give you that food. God the Father showed that he is with the Son of Man." The people asked Jesus, "What are the things God wants us to do?" Jesus answered, "The work God wants you to do is this: to believe in the One that God sent." So the people asked, "What miracle will you do to prove {that you are the One God sent}? If we can see you do a miracle, then we will believe you. What will you do? Our fathers (ancestors) ate the manna (food) God gave them in the desert. This is written in the Scriptures : 'God gave them bread from heaven to eat.' " Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. Moses was not the one that gave your people bread from heaven. But my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. What is the bread of God? God's bread is the One that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." The people said, "Sir, give us this bread always." Then Jesus said, "I am the breadthat gives life. The person that comes to me will never be hungry. The person that believes in me will never be thirsty. I told you before that you have seen me, and still you don't believe. The Father gives me my people. Every one of those people will come to me. I will always accept every person that comes to me. I came down from heaven to do what God wants me to do. I did not come to do what I want to do. I must not lose any person that God has given me. But I must raise up those people on the last day. This is what the One who sent me wants me to do. Every person that sees the Son and believes in him has life forever. I will raise up that person on the last day. This is what my Father wants."

John 6:22-40

Related Scripture Readings

The Lord says, "There will be a special time when I show my kindness. At that time I will answer your prayers. There will be a special day when I save you. At that time I will help you. I will protect you. And you will be the proof that I have an Agreement with the people. The country is destroyed now, but you will give that land back to the people who own it. You will tell the prisoners, 'Come out of your prison!' You will tell the people that are in darkness, 'Come out of the dark!' The people will eat while traveling. They will have food even on empty hills. The people will not be hungry. They will not be thirsty. The hot sun and wind will not hurt them. Why? Because God comforts them and God will lead them. He will lead them near springs of water. "I will make a road for my people. The mountains will be made flat, and the low roads will be raised. "Look! People are coming to me from faraway places. People are coming to me from the north and from the west. People are coming to me from Aswan in Egypt."

Isaiah 49:8-12

The words of a wise man are like water bubbling up from a deep well—the well of wisdom!

Proverbs 18:4

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" Every person that hears this should also say, "Come!" If a person is thirsty, let him come; that person can have the water of life as a free gift if he wants it.

Revelation 22:17

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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