Bread From Heaven

Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

John 6:31-33

When the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness, they witness and took part of a great miracle: eating manna.  God sent the complaining Israelites “bread from heaven,” so they could have something to eat.  It truly was a miracle that they witnessed every day.  And here, a couple thousand years later, they were still taking about it: “Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

As impressive as that was, Jesus was not impressed.  He had been trying to convince them that He was the Christ, the Son of God.  They wanted to fall back on the miracles that their ancestors had seen in the desert.  They wanted Jesus to show them some kind of sign similar to bringing bread down from Heaven (as if feeding all 5,000 of them with 5 loaves and 2 fishes wasn’t enough of a sign).  Jesus immediately told them something about that manna from Moses’ day.  It wasn’t the true “bread from heaven.”  It was merely physical bread, not that different from the bread He had just used to feed them all.  It was just bread for them to eat to keep them alive physically.  While there was a definite miracle in the way that it was given to them, it was still just bread.  But Jesus was a different kind of “Bread from Heaven.”  He was the true “Bread of Life,” sent from the Father.

These peoples’ ancestors ate “bread from heaven.”  They had the opportunity to eat the “Bread from Heaven.”  We have the same opportunity.  How thankful are we for our “manna from Heaven?”

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben, for helping us to be thankful for Him today! God bless you!


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