Thursday 12 September, 2019
“I am the bread of life”
“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35)
Today we start a journey to meditate on the seven “I AM” statements of Jesus which is uniquely found only in the Gospel according to John. Although John 4:26 we looked at yesterday could be the eighth and perhaps the first ‘I am’, many bible scholars point to John 6:35-48; 8:12, 9:5; 10:7; 10:11-14; 11:25; 14:6 and 15:1-5 as the texts with the explicit ‘I am’ statements.
“The I Am statements in the gospel of John are Jesus Christ’s self-portraits, his own way of describing himself… The phrase ‘I AM’ in Jesus’ statements is not used in the everyday sense, as ‘I am hungry’ or ‘I am tired.’ Instead, Jesus’ statements are meant as absolutes. ‘I am’ means ‘I am, have been, and always will be.’ They are statements only God can rightfully make” (Quote picked from a sermon archive in dcrc.org.au).
As I have noted in the previous devotion, Jesus is God (John 1:1-3) but he has offered himself unto us that by consuming him, we may receive life eternal. Jesus the bread of life nourishes our souls, nourishment that we will never found anywhere else. “Farmers everywhere provide bread for all humanity, but it is Christ alone who is the bread of life… Even if all the physical hunger of the world were satisfied, even if everyone who is hungry were fed by his or her own labor or by the generosity of others, the deepest hunger of man would still exist… Therefore, I say, Come, all of you to Christ. He is the bread of life. Come to Christ and you will never be hungry again”—Pope John Paul II.
As John Piper rightly said that ‘the cost of food in the kingdom is hunger for the bread of life,’ may you hunger and thirst for the bread of life—Jesus Christ who satisfies your hunger and thirst eternally.
Prayer: Let me find nourishment in you O Lord, satisfy my hunger and thirst with the bread of life and strengthen me for every good service. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi is a Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus. He is an ordained minister in the Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile (Church of Uganda) and serves as chaplain at Ushindi Secondary School in Arua. Julius is a student of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology of Uganda Christian University. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at MF Norwegian School of Theology. Prior to his pastoral training, Julius trained as a high school Biology and Chemistry teacher. You may reach him by completing the form below.