I am the bread of life (Jn 6:35-6:35)

“Jesus said to them.

‘I am

The bread of life!

Whoever comes

To me

Will never

Be hungry.

Whoever believes

In me

Will never

Be thirsty.’”

εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς Ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἄρτος τῆς ζωῆς· ὁ ἐρχόμενος πρὸς ἐμὲ οὐ μὴ πεινάσῃ, καὶ ὁ πιστεύων εἰς ἐμὲ οὐ μὴ διψήσει πώποτε.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus spoke this discourse about the bread of life, even though it was not in the other canonical synoptic gospels.  Jesus (ὁ Ἰησοῦς) told these Jewish representatives of the crowd (εἶπεν αὐτοῖς) in the first person singular (Ἐγώ εἰμι), that He was the bread (ὁ ἄρτος) of life (τῆς ζωῆς).  Whoever came to him (ὁ ἐρχόμενος πρὸς ἐμὲ) would not be hungry (οὐ μὴ πεινάσῃ).  Whoever believed (καὶ ὁ πιστεύων) in him (εἰς ἐμὲ) would never be thirsty (οὐ μὴ διψήσει πώποτε).  This bread of life speech used the classical phrase “I am (Ἐγώ εἰμι)” to imply that Jesus was God, just as Yahweh had spoken to Moses in the burning bush in Exodus, chapter 3:14, when he said that he is who is.  This bread of life speech is often seen as an invitation to believe in Jesus as the Son of God.  Jesus was the living bread.  At the same time, the developing Eucharistic theology of the early Christians saw this as invitation to take part in the body and blood of Jesus.  If you came to Jesus and believed in him, then you would never again be hungry or thirsty.  The faith basis of this obvious Eucharistic meal was developed throughout this presentation.  Do you believe that you shall never be hungry or thirsty if you have the bread of life, Jesus?

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