John 6:35 Jesus offers Spiritual Fulfillment

John 6:35

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

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Jesus Fulfills Spiritual Hunger and Thirst

Within the hearts of mankind there lurks emptiness, a longing that seems impossible to fulfill. For some this is a spiritual longing that they can’t seem to satisfy. It is a hunger and a thirst for a God they do not know.

In a world so full of noise and distractions that they can’t hear His voice, many feel like the ancient Israel the LORD described to the prophet Amos. ““The days are coming.” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land- not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it. ””

But we are not living in that time. God has sent us his Word, and that Word is Jesus. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son.” (John 1:1, 14) Jesus offers us the only things that can satisfy our deep spiritual hunger and thirst for Him. That is why He says “I am the bread of life, he who comes to me will never go hungry and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

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How does Jesus satisfy our deep spiritual hunger and thirst?

Our deep spiritual need is really a hunger and thirst for the perfect, unconditional love that can only be given by the God who created us. Our desire is for a personal, intimate acceptance and relationship with Him. Sadly, we cannot obtain this relationship on our own. God is so pure, so holy, and so perfect that anything that is not as pure and perfect is destroyed in his presence. There is not a single person on earth who is worthy to stand in his company and survive. But Jesus was worthy for us. He came to earth as a human and lived the perfect, pure and holy life that we could not, and then was destroyed in our place. He died a death of the condemned, but three days later he rose from the grave so He could offer us the life of the holy. His sacrifice made it possible for us to receive His perfection and purity, enabling us to have the kind of relationship with God our soul desires. If we come to Him, we will never be hungry for unconditional love. If we believe in Him, we will never be thirsty for acceptance and relationship with our Creator.

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How do I come to Jesus, what must I believe?

  • First, realize that God loves us and wants a relationship with us, but we are unworthy.
  • Next, recognize that our unworthiness comes from all the choices that we make that hurt others, ourselves or God. These choices are called sin. We all do it, and we can’t help it. These choices also have consequences, which includes our death. It’s a death of separation. While we live, it’s a separation from joy and peace, followed by our death which is our physical separation from our bodies. But always it’s an eternal separation from God himself, both now and in the afterlife.
  • Now, accept the Jesus Christ is God who came to earth and lived a perfect life. This made him worthy to take our punishment for us and die in our place. If we accept his sacrifice, we no longer have to be separated from God because this makes us worthy enough to have a relationship with him. We also believe that three days later, Jesus rose from the grave. He conquered sin and death and proved his power to offer us life, both here on this earth and eternally forever after.
  • If we believe this, our response should be one of repentance. Repentance means to make an “about face”, to be heading one direction then turn around and head in the exact opposite direction. This means that we take a look at our life as we have been living it for ourselves and decide that we don’t want that life anymore. We are sorry for how we’ve been living. Instead of continuing along that path, we give our life over to God, making Him our master and deciding to live as He wants us to instead of for ourselves.
  • This is what changes our lives. Because of what Jesus did, God now sees us as perfect. But that doesn’t make us perfect. We still sometimes make bad decisions, and we still have consequences for those decisions. The difference is that we are forgiven, and God will always forgive us again when we ask.
  • Understand that life isn’t perfect either. In fact, sometimes the life God allows us to have is pretty hard. Thankfully, He doesn’t leave us to live it alone. When we believe in Jesus and decide to follow Him, we are given the Holy Spirit. This means that God is always with us, helping us and giving us direction, encouragement, comfort, strength, wisdom and anything else we need to grow into our relationship with Him.

So when Jesus said He was the Bread of Life, He wasn’t talking about the manna the Jewish crowds were looking for. He wasn’t talking about bread that spoils or only satisfies temporarily. He was talking about his ability to fill us up spiritually and satisfying us eternally. He was describing the benefits of having a soul that is right with its Maker. It is a soul of fullness and peace regardless of our circumstances and can only be found through Jesus Christ.

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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Hi April,

Accurate and straight and to the point. Loved it!


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April Reynolds 2 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you lifegate, I appreciate that. Accuracy is very important to me. Enjoy your day!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Back again and glad to see that you are still here, on theme, and on a roll! God bless.


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April Reynolds 2 years ago from Arizona Author

Hello my friend Mr. P! I have been gone a long time. Life is just too crazy. Hopefully I will have a chance to visit the hub more often again...At least enough to finish John 6!


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Straight forward appropriate preaching. Well done!


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April Reynolds 2 years ago from Arizona Author

Good Morning Eric! Thank you for your visit and your comment. I appreciate your encouragement. Happy Weekend!


newenglandsun 2 years ago

Stupid Protestants.

"Because of what Jesus did, God now sees us as perfect."

Recapitulation is a LIFE-LONG PROCESS!

According to Protestant theology, God hates us and wants to damn us before he even dies for us. What a messed-up dictator.


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April Reynolds 2 years ago from Arizona Author

Good Evening Newengland, it is good to hear from you! Thank you for stopping by. Are you going to liturgy tomorrow?


newenglandsun 2 years ago

I feel attacked at home every time I go. It's been peaceful at home since I stopped going. I've thought about it. But probably not until I meet with priest first.


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April Reynolds 2 years ago from Arizona Author

I am sorry to hear that, that sounds very frustrating. You are, as always, in my prayers.


newenglandsun 9 months ago

You okay, April? Hope you are okay. I worry when you are absent. Please try to be more timely.


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April Reynolds 9 months ago from Arizona Author

Ah my dear friend Daniel, thank you so much for your concern. I admit its been tough lately. The worst side effect of my concussion is the deep desire to sleep all the time. Being constantly exhausted makes it hard to function and it is very frustrating to be unable to do everything I need to do each day.

Although I have struggled with this for most of my life, there are times when it is worse than others and these last couple of years have been worse. I am thankful to have a diagnosis for it this time and I am very thankful that there is a cure, but it is a long process and I still have about 9 months of therapy to go.

I do still do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible, but often it is from my phone as a guest so perhaps you don't get the notification.

I also wonder how you are doing? What are you doing with yourself and is your relationship with your family improving? I am very sorry to hear that Jessica had cancer. She is very beautiful as you said. I am glad to see that you are still writing, although I don't get a chance to read very often.

Well my kids are up now and I have to get them ready for school. I will stop posting from my phone, I don't think my comments show up right away when I do that. Enjoy your day!


newenglandsun 9 months ago

My condolences. Sorry to hear about the tragic demise of your husband. At least it sounds like he's no longer in the picture as it seems he should be helping you with the boys.


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April Reynolds 8 months ago from Arizona Author

Why thank you, but no demise, he actually helps with the boys a lot. I don't know what I would do without him. He also helps with anything else I need or don't have the energy for. But someone has to work around here and he goes in pretty early.


newenglandsun 8 months ago

Ah...I see. You're a kept woman.


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April Reynolds 8 months ago from Arizona Author

yep, at least until my neurotherapy is done, about 9 more months. Therapist said I should be able to go back to work by then.

I hope so, but their specialty is in ADD, ADHD, Autistic and PTSD patients. I think I'm their first concussion patient.


newenglandsun 8 months ago

Well remember to check out then before your keeper checks out if you know what I mean.


newenglandsun 8 months ago

BTW, I'm a girl-boy child now if you want to meet in person.


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April Reynolds 8 months ago from Arizona Author

Hello my friend. No, I didn't know what you meant, but that's ok. It's been a long weekend and I haven't been on the computer at all. Hope you are well. I'm very tired. Good night.


newenglandsun 8 months ago

By checking out I was referring to checking out from this life. Mommy's friend has become my Mistress and has been referring to me as her girl-boy child.


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April Reynolds 8 months ago from Arizona Author

ah, no I'll leave my checking out in God's hands. I do think I'm going to try and write something this week though.


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April Reynolds 8 months ago from Arizona Author

And for the record, I agree with Jessica and your points on the posts you wrote this weekend.


newenglandsun 7 months ago

Lynn's a pretty name you have.


NEWENGLANDSUN 7 months ago

I'M GOING TO START CALLING YOU LYNN FROM NOW ON.


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April Reynolds 7 months ago from Arizona Author

Thank you, you may. my parents did a good job of naming me


newenglandsun 7 months ago

Hi Lynn,

How's your family doing?

Jess and I are in an abusive relationship with each other and I think we may need help.


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April Reynolds 7 months ago from Arizona Author

Oh no, help is a wonderful thing!

I am back east visiting my sister, her tumor is continuing to grow on chemo. We are having a lot of fun.


newenglandsun 7 months ago

Hope your sister is doing okay.

Did you baptize your children yet? That still concerns me that they are not baptized--they need God's sanctifying grace.


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April Reynolds 7 months ago from Arizona Author

Thank you, they changed her chemo medicine. It takes some time to be effective and they are not sure she has the time but I have faith that she will be ok.

No, they do not want to be right now. Thank you for your concern. I will let you know when they are.


newenglandsun 7 months ago

how is your sister doing?

rest of your family?


newenglandsun 7 months ago

Sorry for your loss...


newengland7 5 months ago

did you write book on trinity yet?


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April Reynolds 5 months ago from Arizona Author

Good Morning!

I am about 3/4 through the first draft, the same spot I was a couple years ago when I started getting dizzy :).

I've been thinking about getting back to it though.


newengland7 5 months ago

i would love to read it.


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Perspycacious 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Wishing you and your family well.


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April Reynolds 5 months ago from Arizona Author

Thank you Daniel, next time I look at it I'll see if I think any of it is good enough to share yet :)


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April Reynolds 5 months ago from Arizona Author

The same to you Mr. P! Thank you very much.


newenglandsun 4 months ago

you okay momma lynn?

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