Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2405
Joh 6:22 The next day, the crowd that had stood on the other side of the sea saw there had been only one boat. They also saw that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone off alone.
Joh 6:23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
Joh 6:24 When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
Joh 6:25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you happen here?”
Joh 6:26 Jesus answered, “I honestly tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Joh 6:27 Don’t work for the consumable that perishes but for the consumable that lasts for permanent life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal of approval on him.”
I though it interesting that the word John uses here (the word I translate “consumable”) is not the normal word for bread, or a meal, but the word βρωσις that is elsewhere translated “rust.” Moths and rust are things that consume (Matthew 6:19). But Jesus uses the word here for something that is consumed. Some consumables (like ordinary bread) are eaten and then disappear. They offer temporary maintenance of life, but do not last. Even the miraculous bread and fish the 5000 had experienced was like that.
Jesus offers a consumable that lasts for permanent life. That is his promise to those who believe in him.
Thank you LORD, for the promise of permanent life through Christ.