Come and eat!
(Horatius Bonar, "The Bread of Immortality")
"I am the bread of life." John 6:48
"I am the living bread." John 6:51
All food is for the sustaining of life.
Jesus announces Himself as the bread which will
the life of the soul. Not merely some doctrine--but
He is the bread; not merely bread--but the bread--the
true bread; without whom the soul cannot grow, nor its life
be sustained. For only by this life-sustaining bread,
such sickly souls be nourished. As such, Jesus is necessary
to the soul as its food--its bread.
Outside of Him, there is no nourishment, no sustenance.
He feeds--He alone. He feeds us on Himself! All
husks, or mere air and vapor. Jesus, in His glorious person,
is our food--the true bread and sustenance of
the hidden manna.
Jesus applies various names to it:
"bread from heaven"
"the bread of God"
"bread of life"
All these are names indicative of its excellence, its power,
its suitableness. It is the very bread we need; no other
would do. Jesus is the soul's eternal food. This
storehouse is inexhaustible--and ever accessible!
Come as you are, poor prodigal, starving on husks--come
and eat! Eat, O friends!
Eat, and live! Eat, and be strong!
Eat, and be in soul health!