Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)
Imagine a deer that is wandering and struggling to find a water source. The farther it travels, the more it thirsts. This is what the Sons of Korah compared to their longing to be with and worship God in Psalm 42. Have you ever been thirsty beyond your throat being parched? Can you imagine being that “thirsty” for God? Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well that if she knew who Jesus was, she would have asked Him, and He would have given her living water. The water Christ gives wells up into a spring of eternal life inside of us.
Or take food. Imagine the mysterious, heavenly manna that God provided day in and day out to thousands of grumbling Israelites. Yet each one of them died. Jesus said He is the living bread that came down from heaven that we may eat of and not die. As miraculous as the manna was, Jesus is altogether unlike it. Again, Jesus said He is the bread of life and that whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.
Today we get to read these words in light of Jesus’ death on the cross. We know as Jesus broke the bread at His last Passover meal, he was foreshadowing His broken body, and just as He poured out the wine, He was foreshadowing His blood being poured out. “For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” (John 6:55) Just as we are invited to hunger and thirst for righteousness, Christ invites us to hunger and thirst for Him alone. We must daily abide in His work on the cross and yearn deeper for Him as our first love.