Jesus Is the Bread of Life
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We see signs all around us every day. As we walk down the halls at school, we may see signs that tell the different rooms in the school such as the cafeteria, office, library, computer lab, or music room. Each classroom probably has a sign by the door with the teacher's name on it so students will be able to find their classrooms.
When we travel around our town, we see signs that tell us what we should or should not do. I have some pictures of some signs that you probably see every day. Let's see how many of them you know. (Hold up each of the signs and invite kids to tell what they mean.)
Our lesson today is about signs of a different kind--not a sign you can touch, but something that would prove to people that Jesus really was sent by God. Like when Jesus fed 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish. That was a sign that Jesus was from God, but the people totally missed it. They wanted even more signs, more proof.
The Bible says when people realized Jesus had left that place and gone somewhere else, they went looking for Him. They found Him way over on the other side of the lake.
Jesus said to them, "You came looking for me not because you saw God in my actions, but because I fed you. You shouldn't be so concerned about things like food. Instead, you should be seeking the eternal life that I can give you."
Here’s how the people responded: "Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? After all, Moses gave our ancestors bread from heaven to eat when they were in the wilderness. Can you do that?"
Jesus answered them, "The true bread of God is the One who comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world."
"Give us that bread! Give it to us every day," the people said.
Jesus replied, "I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
Some people today are still asking for some special sign that will prove that Jesus was sent from God. But God has given us all the signs we need right here in the Bible. All God wants is for us to believe in the one He sent.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your Son Jesus, who is the Bread of Life. We don't need a sign. We believe in Him, which means He gives us life forever with You. In Jesus' name, amen.