Jesus said to them -- "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Bread is both a symbol of life – and something that is necessary for life. Bread means nourishment to someone who is hungry.
Jesus talked about bread and nourishment to a people who sometimes, maybe often, wondered when their next meal was coming or where it was coming from.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
I wonder if the impact of what Jesus says is lost on people in a nation filled with overfed folks. Hunger is present all over the world, to be sure, yet true hunger isn’t something most of us ever have to live with. As a matter of fact, instead of getting hungry again and again, we look for ways to eat less.
We’re stuffed and trying to find ways to get un-stuffed. We’re a nation bent on diet and weight loss. We have, among many others:
- The DASH Diet
- The Mayo Clinic Diet
- Weight Watchers
- Jenny Craig
- The 17 Day Diet
- The Eat Clean Diet
- The Dukan Diet
- The Hallelujah Diet
- The Seven Day Color Diet
- The Blood Type Diet
- And even the Bread for Life diet
How are we supposed to understand a promise never to be hungry?