Read John 6:35
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (NIV)
As the Second World War drew to a close, the civil authorities were faced with the task of looking after thousands of displaced children. In the camps provided, many children were distressed, especially at bedtime. They were worried about staying alive the next day.
So someone hit on the idea of giving them some bread to take to bed with them. Holding on to this bread was a sign to them that they would have food to eat the next day. They slept more soundly, as they held on to what promised them life.
When Jesus says He is the bread of life, He is claiming to be the necessity for life, now and forever. Only he can usher us into the presence of God both now and after our death. Material things can only satisfy us for so long, and only to some degree. But Jesus can show us what true life is all about, now and always.
He is not some added-on extra to life; He is not a luxury, discretionary item. After all, he never said he was the “ice cream of life” or the “caviar of life”. He is what we need to fulfil our God-given humanity. He is the one to whom we cling, to get assurance that now and always, we will be looked after—whatever life throws at us.