The bread of life (Jn 6:48-6:48)

“I am

The bread

Of life.”

ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἄρτος τῆς ζωῆς.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus repeated that he what he had said earlier in verse 35.  He was (ἐγώ εἰμι) the bread (ὁ ἄρτος) of life (τῆς ζωῆς).  Jesus told these Jewish representatives of the crowd in the first person singular (Ἐγώ εἰμι) that he was the bread (ὁ ἄρτος) of life (τῆς ζωῆς).  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.  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 Jesus is the bread of life?

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