March 11

Psalm 66; Psalm 67; Psalm 19; Psalm 46; Genesis 48:8-22; Romans 8:11-25; John 6:27-40

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  John 6:35

The events in the passage from John 6:27-40 occur the day following the feeding of the 5,000. It begins with Jesus’s admonition to “not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” (6:27)

A lengthy exchange between the crowd and Jesus follows. The crowd wants to know what works can be done to obtain this food which He promises. Jesus answers with an explanation of the gift of the bread of heaven to those who believe.

The crowd—and we today—resist this simple yet so difficult task: to believe, to have complete faith in what God is doing in Jesus Christ. “This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life.” (6:40)