Handing out the Bread of Life

John 6. 1-14, 25-35

The news was out. The Galilean teacher had fed 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish. There were many poor in the area. They had found the teacher in another town and wanted him to do it again. But he knew their motives, they wanted food and didn’t care who provided it. Jesus said “Do not work (strive) for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life” (27).  I know this situation well. There are many poor in Mombasa. As a pastor I get asked for money most Sundays. If I help someone who has walked in off the street, the person is usually back the next Sunday for more; not more of God, but more money. Jesus wanted the people to see they had a bigger need; they needed spiritual food even more than natural food. And so he cries out “I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE. He who comes to me will never go hungry”(35). If we think the miracle of feeding the 5000 was just about God meeting the need of natural hunger, we have missed the main point. More