Today's verses are John 6:35,36: "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.  But I said to you that you have seen me and yet you do not believe.'" My child, every faithful Jew would know the significance of my "I am" statements.  Here is the first of seven that I profoundly use in the gospel of John.  When Moses was called by God to deliver the Isrealites from the bondage of the Egyptian enslavement, he asked God to give him his name, so he could tell the Egyptians who is sending him.  God responded, "I am who I am" (Exodus 3:14).  God's holy name for all Jews, throughout the centuries, became "I am."  Isaiah echoes the same idea in many of his verses (41:4;43:10,25).

When I used the "I am" phrase in saying who I am, it was a clear reference to my deity.  I am declaring equality with my Father in heaven.  I am clearly saying I am God.

Here, more specifically, I am saying I am the bread of life.  I alone am the one who can meet the deepest longings of people's souls.  I alone can help people satisfy one of their deepest desires: to know my Father in heaven.  I am the only way to know my Father in heaven.

I nourish people spiritually.  As literal bread is eaten, then hunger returns.  But when you ingest me, invite me to live in and with you, I offer you a spiritual presence that satisfies forever.  Those who trust in me shall not hunger again.  The same is true with people's spiritual thirst, as I tried to tell the woman at the well (John 4:14).  When people hunger and thirst for me and my righteousness, they shall be eternally satisfied.  They are truly blessed when they do so.

How do you receive this food?  By believing in me.  The Jews saw me physically, yet they did not believe.  You have not seen me, but I call you to believe.  Believe I am who I say I am.  Am I lying to you?  That is impossible.  I am the truth.  I cannot lie.  Am I a crazy man?  Yet my teachings give sanity to the insane.  There is nothing crazy about anything I teach.  If I am not lying or crazy, what other option can there be except I am who I say I am.  I am the bread of life.  If you partake of my life in you, you will forever be spiritually satisfied.

Receive me into your life anew today.  Let me consume your heart with my love, grace, mercy and kindness.  Know how much I want to oversee every area of your life.  I will guide and protect you.  I will work all in your life for your good and my glory.  No weapon formed against you will prosper.  If I live in you, I am greater than he who lives in the world.  I am more than a conqueror in you when you confront life's issues when you trust me.

Believe in me.  I am the bread of your life.

You can trust me today.