READ : John 6:25-35
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry. (v. 35)
Today’s reading highlights another connection between the Christ of the New Testament and the story of the exodus. First he is the lamb that has to die before his people can be freed from their old life, and then once they are free he is the bread that will feed them for the rest of their journey.
Manna, a “fine flaky substance” that fell with the dew, could be used like flour. The Israelites were not going to die of hunger! Jesus, the real bread from heaven, is himself his people’s nourishment, and God’s provision of the manna is a picture of what that means.
The supply is guaranteed. He will not necessarily give us what we want, but he will give what we need. We may not get as much as we want, but we shall have as much as we need. It may not come when we want it, but it will come when we need it. In other words, he knows best, and we are being taught to trust not only his power but also his wisdom.
And in Jesus, God gives his people everything they need. From the most spiritual of blessings to the most mundane of necessities, all comes to us because of him.
Lord, give us this heavenly bread always.