Gary Alexander had the job of demolishing some buildings that were more than a hundred years old. After reducing the structures to rubble, he noticed part of a wall still standing. These words were scrawled on the bricks: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life” (John 6:47 KJV).

Jesus spoke the words found on that wall to the crowd who followed Him. The people had recently eaten some of the loaves and fishes Jesus miraculously multiplied. He had catered a free lunch and they wanted to see what else He could do.

“You want to be with me because I fed you,” Jesus said. “Don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that [I] can give you” (John 6:26-27). Jesus called Himself the “bread of life” (John 6:35). He promised that anyone who ate this bread from heaven would live forever (John 6:48-50).

Those who debated the meaning of Jesus’ words bickered and fought (John 6:41,52). It was hard for them to see past the physical world to grasp His spiritual message. In the end, the ones who wanted full bellies from His food (John 6:26) or entertainment from watching His miracles (John 6:30) abandoned Jesus and His teaching (v.66).

Jesus wasn’t surprised. He knew that some who looked like disciples were not true believers. When He asked the original Twelve if they would leave as well, Peter responded, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe and we know that you are the Holy One of God” (vv.68-69).

By God’s grace, we can know that Jesus is the Bread of Life and the Savior of the world—the One who provides life everlasting!

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: 1 John 3:1-24