Today’s Lectionary reading comes from John 6:27-40.
Jesus starts off telling the people not to work for the food that perishes, but for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give them. Alright so I guess we should all quit our day jobs, and start working for Jesus, because he will give us bread for the eternal life. I do not think this is what Jesus is saying and neither do the crowds. In fact reading what I wrote above just sounds silly. There is no way to quit our jobs and just work at living a perfect Christian life. Even those among us who work as: priests, pastors, monks, missionaries, etc. they all still have to work and do things that take up their time that are not pursuing God. Granted a lot of their work is based on pursing God, but not all of it. But the crowd asks the same question we do, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answers them by pretty much saying, believe in me. We can all do this in any line of work that we have, we can believe in Jesus. The important thing to remember is God is right where you are, he is not out there somewhere. This is an important thing to remember, when you are sitting down to dinner, chatting with your co-workers, speaking with a customer service rep, or feeding the dog, God is right there with you. Really believing in Jesus is about learning to recognize him around you and in your mundane activities throughout the day.
The crowd then starts to ask Jesus about how he is going to prove that is from God. They bring up Moses giving them manna in the wilderness. Jesus talks to them about this a little bit pointing out the type of bread God gives to the world. They want this bread. Jesus answers them “I am the bread of life.” This is one of Jesus’ “I am” statements, modeled off of what God says to Moses when he asks who he should say sent him to the Hebrews. He said “I AM WHO I AM.” He promises that those who come to him and who believe in him will not be hungry or thirsty. He will also never drive away any one who comes to him, who believes in him. So we do not have to fear being driven away from God or Jesus not helping us if we come to him. He will comfort us, help us, heal us, Father us, and keep us. This will continue on and we will not have to worry about the Resurrection, he will rise us up on the last day. We have our hope in the Lord Jesus and in his resurrection.