We are continuing in John 6 this week with verses 24 – 35. This scene picks up where we left off last week; Jesus feeds the 5000 and then goes for a walk on the water; scaring the disciples half to death. After calming the disciples down and climbing into their boat they head to the other side of the lake. Once over there the people that were fed by Jesus realize Jesus and the crew are gone, so they climb into their boats in search of Jesus (looking for breakfast). Once again, the people still have no clue who Jesus really is and what he really did for them.
Now we get some talk about Jesus being the “Bread of Life“. The people are looking for real bread; talking about how Moses gave the Israelites manna from heaven. But Jesus fires back and says that it’s not Moses that gives bread from heaven but God who gives the TRUE bread. And this bread means life.
“I am the Bread of Life” Jesus says.
The quote that jumps out to me (besides, of course, the Bread of Life comment) is the one Jesus says to the people when they come looking for him. Jesus tells them that they are only there because he gave them something to eat. Jesus then goes on to say “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” This statement may not have shocked the people too much then, but what about today…a society that is based on “working for food that spoils“? This verse is reminiscent of the verses that talks about storing up treasures in heaven where moth and rust can not destroy. This is an intriguing connection.
So maybe I will “play” with this connection some more…Hmmm…
What do you think of this connection; not working for food that spoils and storing up treasures in heaven?