Jesus - The Bread of Life

Study Notes

Receiving the complete revelation of Jesus Christ as the bread of life is both a spiritual and supernatural experience. The natural mind cannot fully comprehend this deep spiritual reality concerning the new testament manna - Jesus. John 6: 25-71

In fact, many of his disciples walked away and left him as Jesus tried to explain this spiritual truth and kingdom reality. (John 6:66). Jesus said to them that these particular words he was speaking to them were full of spirit and life, yet some did not believe him (John 6:64).

The bread of life is Jesus, Yeshua, - the saviour of the world.

  • the true bread from heaven (John 6:32)

  • food that endures to eternal life (John 6 :27)

  • who gives life to the world (John 6:33)

  • anyone may eat and not die (John 6:50)

  • whoever eats will live forever (John 6:51,58)


Adam’s food

Let us reflect on the tree of life from the book of Genesis to draw some parallels:

Within the garden east of Eden, God had placed many trees that were good for food. Genesis 2:9 reads, “The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” In this verse, we see that there were two trees present in the garden. The next verses talk about the fall of man when he partakes of the tree of good and evil.

Notice what is written thereafter of the tree of life:

“Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” Genesis 3:22. See John 6:51,58.

Moses’ Food - Manna in the wilderness

As they journeyed to the promised land, when the children of Israel got hungry and complained, God sent them manna from heaven and water out of a rock. (Exodus 16,17) 1 Corinthians 10:3 reads, “They all ate the same spiritual food and drunk the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them and that rock was Christ.

In John 6: 49, searching for a sign, the crowd tried to reason with Jesus concerning the manna their ancestors had eaten in the wilderness. Jesus replied, “Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die.”

Jesus’s food

After he had been speaking to the woman at the well, when his disciples prompted him to eat something, Jesus said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” He continued, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

Our food

The crowd had followed him to the other side because they had eaten the bread when Jesus fed the 5000. Jesus discerning that they were simply interested in physical bread said, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:29

An invitation to eternal food and drink

“For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.” – John 6:55.

Concerning drink Jesus said to the woman at the well, “…but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” And again, in John 7:37, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’’ (By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. – John 7:39)

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? – Isaiah 55. See Revelations 21:7

How do we come?

  1. By believing in Jesus, the finished work at Calvary, the better hope introduced by which we draw near to God. (Hebrews 7:18-19). For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” – John 6

  2. By faith - “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who COMES to him must BELIEVE that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

  3. Boldly, with confidence and ready to receive. – Hebrews 4:16

Eden restored

“Whoever has ears let him hear what the Spirit of God is saying to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life which is in the paradise of God. – Revelation 2:7

“To the thirsty, I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.” – Revelation 21:7

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” – Revelations 22:17

Practical connector

For believers, partaking in Holy Communion is the action attached to faith that continually perfects believing through remembrance thereby continuously reinforcing what we have believed and received. The free gift of eternal life, forgiveness of sins and right standing with God. The cup is a participation in his blood, and the bread we break a participation in the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16)

More: Jeremiah 2:13, Revelations 21:6, Revelations 22:17, John 4:10,


May the eyes of your heart be enlightened and may the Lord grant you all wisdom, understanding and revelation into this mystery and great free gift.