Summary: Physical bread can keep a person alive for a long time, but the body will still die. Jesus, on the other hand, is bread that gives everlasting life.
This is an interesting portrait of Jesus, since bread is a substance known and used by every society on the face of the earth.
While some like meat and others don't, or some like vegetables and others don't, most people like bread. Bread is one of the few foods that can be tolerated by most digestive systems. Also, bread has a satisfying quality that few other food have.
Jesus is portrayed as The Bread Of Life.
Verse 34-35-Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
This bread that Jesus offers is not a system or a denomination, but is a Person.
We can never be saved by some religious system or method. Salvation comes through Jesus and Jesus alone!
Verse 47-51-Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
I am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
Physical bread can keep a person alive for a long time, but the body will still die.
Jesus, on the other hand, is bread that gives everlasting life.
Before this Bread can be enjoyed by the sinner, it must be received by the sinner.
This may seem like simple thing to grasp, but many seem to stumble right here.
They can believe that Jesus was real, that He died on the cross, and even that He arose from the dead. However, to make His sacrifice, and the salvation He offers a reality in your life, you must come to Him by faith and be born again! Yea, Must be born Again!
Imagine that you are invited to my house for dinner. I pass you a plate of Hot buttered roll. I pass them to you and say, "You want a roll?" You say "Yes, thank you, I would love one." But, instead of reaching out and taking it, you simply sit there and smile. I say, "I thought you wanted a roll!" You respond, "Oh I do!" My response would be, "Well, if you want it, you are going to have to reach out and take it for yourself. I am not going to put it on you plate for you!"
He has done it all, now all we have to do is accept it!
To be saved, you have to "believe" in Jesus.
This word simply means to "rest the totality of your weight upon."
It isn't Jesus plus this or that, it is Jesus alone that saves the soul of man!
Manna Revealed Things About Jesus:
1- It Was Small-This speaks of Christ's humility. He wasn't born in a king's palace, but in a manger. (Exodus 16:14)
2-It Was Round-This speaks of Christ's eternal nature. Jesus did not have His beginning in Bethlehem, but He has always been. (Exodus 16:14)
3-It Was White-This reminds us of the sinless, holy nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was born without sin, lived without sin and died without sin. (Exodus 16:31)
4-It Came At Night-Jesus came to a world lost in spiritual darkness and gave them light and life. (Exodus 16:13-14)
5-It Was Misunderstood By Those Who Found It-They called it Manna which means, "What is it?" Jesus was misunderstood by the very people He came to save. (Exodus 16:15)
6-It Was Sufficient For Every Man's Need-This reminds us that Jesus is the all-sufficient Savior. He meets the need of man's soul (Exodus 16:17-18)
7-It Was Sweet To The Taste-Those who partook of the Manna found it sweet and satisfying. By the same token, all those who receive Jesus as their Savior find Him to be sweet to the soul and satisfying to the life (Exodus 16:31)
8-It Was To Be Kept And Passed On To Others-Jesus is the same way, He is to be shared with those who cross our path. We are to be certain that we share Him with the next generation, because we are only one generation away from extinction as a people at any given time. (Exodus 16:32)