Bread . . . it speaks of physical nourishment and sustenance for life. It’s an all-encompassing word for food to a hungry soul. We use the phrase Bread for the Journey to direct us to our spiritual need for bread.
Before the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus looked at the great crowd coming and asked, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” The truth was that they simply could not collect enough to feed so many. But Jesus found a way. Of course He would. Could it be that He was really showing them that by meeting their physical need He could meet their spiritual need as well?
It was the next day when some of the people, who had been fed, were looking for Him and he told them, “Do not work for food that spoils but for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” (John 6: 27) The discussion continued to where Jesus told them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry . . . If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever." (John 6: 35, 51) There is something about these words that has caused listeners to be offended, both then and now. However to those who have believed, they have become words of life.
Lord Jesus, thank you for allowing your body to be broken to give eternal life to anyone who believes. Help us to believe and fill our hungry souls.