‘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
It is heart-breaking to watch images of real famine and starvation, and talking about our own hunger in the light of the life-threatening hunger endured by many people may seem trivial.
Jesus talked about hunger, probably because it is something to which everyone can relate, even those who are relatively well fed. He actually made an extraordinary statement about it, claiming that he is the means of filling our hunger since he is the bread of life. You may draw upon many things to fill the various hungers in your life, but what Jesus is saying is that a relationship with him is what all people ultimately need. It is the presence of God living within that is ultimately going to bring peace and joy.
When you next experience hunger, even small pangs of hunger, try to pause and ask yourself what other hungers you have. Let your physical hunger draw you to the deeper hungers within and as you bring each of these to God, hear the words of Jesus spoken to you – “I am the bread of life”.
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