John 6:22-35

In John 6:22-35, we are presented with a new portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ. In this passage, Jesus is presented as the Bread of Life.

This is an interesting portrayal, since bread is a substance known and used by every society on earth. Bread is one of the few foods that most digestive systems can tolerate. Also, bread has a satisfying quality that few other food products have. When all this is taken into consideration, it is obvious why Jesus is portrayed as the Bread of Life.

I want you to see that Jesus is still the Bread of Life. He is what the whole world needs. He satisfies all those who partake of Him. There isn’t a person in the world who can’t tolerate Him, and there isn’t anyone anywhere who won’t like Him when they meet Him. Therefore, let’s spend a few minutes with these verses and look together at Jesus, the Bread of Life.


A. Heaven’s Bread is a person (verses 34, 35). According to these verses, the Bread of heaven is not a system or a denomination but a Person. This truth reminds us that we can never be saved by some religious system or method; salvation comes through Jesus and Jesus alone (Acts 4:12).

B. Heaven’s Bread has power (verse 35b). This heavenly Bread has the power to save, secure, and satisfy every sinner who comes to Him by faith.

C. Heaven’s Bread has a great promise (verses 47-51). These verses tell us that heaven’s Bread will give life to humanity. Physical bread can sustain human life for long periods of time; however, after a time, the body will die even though it has been wellfed. On the other hand, Jesus is Bread that gives everlasting life.

D. Heaven’s Bread has a price (verse 53). Before heaven’s Bread can be enjoyed by the sinner, it must be received by the sinner. This sounds simple enough, but many seem to stumble here. They believe that Jesus was real, that He died on the cross, and even that He arose from the dead, but it is difficult for them to accept His sacrifice and the salvation He offers. But to be born again, they must come to Him by faith and accept His sacrifice!


A. Illustrated by the miracle (verses 1-13). In feeding the 5,000, Jesus presented a type of Himself. He cared for the multitude, provided for the multitude, and satisfied the multitude. The implication is that Jesus, like the physical loaves and fishes, is sufficient for the needs of mankind. Jesus is the all-sufficient Savior. Notice that everyone took “as much as they would” (verse 11), and after they had filled themselves, there was still an abundance left over (verse 13).

Jesus is sufficient for the needs of the entire world! All the multitude had to do was take what the disciples passed their way. It works the same way for sinners! Lost souls need only receive Jesus by faith, and they are assured of salvation (Eph. 2:8, 9).

B. Illustrated by the manna (verses 30- 33). The Jews came to Jesus and requested a miracle (apparently the feeding of the 5,000 didn’t count!). They reminded Jesus of the OldTestament miracle of the manna. They told Jesus that Moses gave manna to the children of Israel, and they wanted to know what He was going to do for them. Christ’s response was to remind them that Moses was not responsible for the manna—the manna was provided by God. He went on to tell them that the true Bread from heaven was a person. In fact, Jesus Himself is the Bread of life (verse 33). Jesus was saying that the manna was a type of Himself.

1. Manna was misunderstood by those who found it (Exod. 16:15). They called it “manna,” which means “What is it?” Jesus was misunderstood by the very people He came to save (John 1:11; 10:20).

2. It was sufficient for every man’s need (Exod. 16:17, 18). This reminds us that Jesus is the all-sufficient Savior. He meets the need of each person’s soul. Some go deep in the Christian life while others get in but choose to play around the edges, but wherever you find yourself, as long as you are in Jesus, you will find that He is sufficient to save your soul.

3. It was sweet to the taste (Exod. 16:31). Those who partook of the manna found it sweet and satisfying. In the same way, all those who receive Jesus as their Savior find Him to be sweet to the soul and satisfying to the life. That is why David encouraged us to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8).

4. It was to be kept and passed on to others (Exod. 16:32). It is the same with Jesus; He is to be shared with those we encounter. We are to share Him with those who don’t know Him (2 Tim. 2:2).

C. Illustrated by the Master (verses 52- 58). Jesus says that He is the ultimate bread. The Israelites ate manna in the wilderness, but they eventually died. The crowd partook of the loaves and fishes, yet eventually, they too died! Jesus is the antitype of the manna. All that it was, He exceeds. Jesus is greater than the bread distributed on the mountainside. All who partake of Him will live forever. He guarantees that they will never die! He guarantees eternal life to all who come to Him (John 10:28).


A. It grants salvation (verse 51). One of the great privileges of being human is that we can try any method of salvation we choose. God created us with free will. We have the ability to choose how we will live our lives. But regardless of how we live or what path we choose, salvation will never be produced in our lives unless we come to Jesus Christ by faith (Acts 16:31; 4:12; John 3:16).

B. It gives satisfaction (verse 35). Those who come to the Lord Jesus Christ are eternally satisfied. They no longer have to drink from the broken cisterns of this world. Instead, they find themselves tapped into a Source of life and blessing that never runs dry. There is abundant satisfaction in the Person of Jesus.

C. It guarantees our security (verses 37- 40). These verses tell us beyond a shadow of a doubt that those who place their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ don’t need to worry about being cast away or forgotten—along the way or in the end. Faith in Jesus guarantees us perfect and absolute security in our salvation.


From these verses, we can see that Jesus is the only hope for this world. He is what our souls need before we can experience eternal life. What have you done with Jesus? Have you received Him into your heart and life? Do you know Jesus the Bread of Life in a personal way?