“I am the Bread of Life” In John 6:35 is one of the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus. Jesus used the same phrase “I AM” seven times to declare Himself. In all seven times He strongly proclaimed “I AM” to express His saving relationship toward the world. (All appear in the book of John) In Hebrew Bethlehem is Translated “House of Bread.”
Bread is considered a staple food. A person can survive a long time on only bread and water. Bread is such a basic food item that it becomes synonymous for food in general. We use the phrase “breaking bread together” to indicate the sharing of a meal with someone. Bread is also an important part of the Jewish Passover meal. The Jews were to eat unleavened bread during the Passover feast and then for seven days following as a celebration of the exodus from Egypt. Also, when the Jews were wandering in the desert for 40 years, God rained down “bread from heaven” to sustain the nation (Manna), (Exodus 16:4).
*Isn’t it incredible that Bethlehem means the House of Bread? That Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Baby Jesus was born in the House of Bread, to become the blood and water of life…His body the bread of life.
In Matthew 4:4 …It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
In Matthew 6:11…It is written,”Give us our daily bread.”
In Matthew 26:26…It is written “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the Disciples, and said, Take, eat, this is my body.
In John 6:32…It is written, “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
In John 6:33…It is written, “For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.”
In John 6:35…It is written, “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
In Luke 22:19…It is written “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
FYI… Jesus grew up as a Nazareth. He was crucified right outside of Jerusalem on a hill called “Golgotha” aka “the place of the skull”. God gave Israel to all the Jews as part of the covenant that God made with them. There is now a Church built right on the spot where it is believed that Jesus was crucified.
–Estelle P. Shrum