"Where can we buy bread to feed these people?"
Then Jesus took the bread and,
having given thanks,
gave it to those who were seated.
He did the same with the fish.
All ate as much as they wanted.
Jesus answered, "You've come looking for me
not because you saw God in my actions
but because I fed you,
filled your stomachs—and for free.
Don't waste your energy striving
for perishable food like that.
Work for the food that sticks with you,
food that nourishes your lasting life,
food the Son of Man provides.
He and what he does are
guaranteed by God the Father to last."
To that they said, "Well, what do we do then
to get in on God's works?"
Jesus said, "Throw your lot in with
the One that God has sent.
That kind of a commitment
gets you in on God's works."
"The Bread of God came down out of heaven
and is giving life to the world."
Jesus said, "I am the Bread of Life.
The person who aligns with me
hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever.
Every person the Father gives me
eventually comes running to me.
And once that person is with me,
I hold on and don't let go.
This is what my Father wants:
that anyone who sees the Son
and trusts who he is and what he doe
s and then aligns with him
will enter real life, eternal life.
My part is to put them on their feet
alive and whole at the completion of time."
The Father who sent me is in charge.
He draws people to me—that's the only way you'll ever come.
Only then do I do my work, putting people together,
setting them on their feet, ready for the End.
Anyone eating this Bread will not die, ever.
I am the Bread—living Bread!—
who came down out of heaven.
Anyone who eats this Bread will live
"Whoever eats this Bread
will live always."
The Spirit can make life.
Sheer muscle and willpower
don't make anything happen.
"This is why I told you earlier
that no one is capable of coming
to me on his own. You get to me only
as a gift from the Father."
In the same way that the little boy
took what little lunch he had
and gave it to Jesus
– and Jesus took that little lunch
and fed 5,000 people more than enough –
when I take what little I have
and give it to Jesus,
when I "throw my lot in
with the One that God has sent",
I get in on God's works.
Jesus, You are the Bread of Life.
Life – Real Life – comes only from You.
Do Your work in me,
put me together,
set me on my feet,
get me ready for the End.
Take my little "lunch" and give it out.
Do Your work in me and through me.
Thank you for holding on to me
and never letting go.