This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Jesus fed 5,000 with five loaves and two fishes. Excitedly they pursue Him – seek Him out - but Jesus knows they are only after another miraculous meal.
By focusing on the loaves instead of the compassion and power of the One who fed them, the crowd completely misses the point of the miracle of bread.
If they would only believe in the Person, He could do so much more for them than provide lunch.
Jesus attempts to turn their attention to the greater possibilities He offers - Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
In this highly symbolic language, Jesus asks them to pursue Him with the same vigor that caused them to run around the lake seeking another free meal.
Pursue the Teacher. Take Him into our very being. Allow Him to get down inside of us, change our lives!
There is such harmony in this story of the loaves. As we seek bread to nourish our physical bodies for a day, we pursue Jesus to eat of the Bread of Heaven and change our lives forever.
This is the work of the student of Jesus. Seeking the daily bread of His presence and allowing His teaching and His power to come inside of us!
Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven.