"Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread" (John 6:26-34).
When they sought food, He counseled them to seek for spiritual sustenance that came with no expiration date. When they asked Him for a sign, citing the manna in the wilderness, Christ, the Jehovah who had provided the manna, spoke instead of Himself as the true bread from heaven, who had come to give life to the world.
The people's response still rings in my ears: "Lord, evermore give us this bread." Please, they pled, continue to sustain us and give us life everlasting.
When you eat food that tastes incredible, you want to have more of it. It works the same way with spiritual matters. When you've experienced something so joyous, so completely satisfying, that it fills your heart to overflowing, you naturally want to repeat the experience. I have at times felt the joy that comes from tasting something that I know is filled with a life and a light that is endless, that can never be darkened. It's a feeling I now crave. And I, like those people millenia ago, cannot help but cry, "Lord, evermore give me this bread."
"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst" (John 6:35).
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