2000 years ago, the occupied nations suffered terrible torture and neglect under the tyranny of Rome. As a result, the people of Jerusalem were poor, sick and afflicted, desperate for relief. In the book of John (chapter 6), when Jesus had ministered to and fed 5,000+ such men, women, and children with but a few barley loaves and fish, those same people followed him to His next destination intent on another meal, willing to use force if necessary to make Him their king. But Jesus, knowing their hearts, instead encouraged them to seek that food which does not perish; the True Bread. Knowing their plight, He encouraged them to seek Him.
Today He is still the
Bread of Life. He still encourages us to come,
eat, get true relief from our suffering and be assured of life with
Him, now and forever. No matter what has happened in our
lives--no matter what we have done. Knowing
has already accomplished the hardest part for us, and that He offers to
who needs it His free gift of love and help, makes each
day now in this harsh reality of a world in chaos a little easier for
me to bear. Perhaps reading
that story in chapter 6 of John will help you, too.