“I am the Bread that came down from heaven,” (John 6:41) has two revelations:
- It reveals who Jesus really is – the Son of God. His real Father is God the Father in heaven; not Joseph the carpenter, as was known by the Jews. (John 6:42)
- It reveals the Incarnation – in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:1, 14)
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world,” (John 6:51) has three revelations:
- It reveals that Jesus is the true Bread from heaven. The manna which God gave the Israelites to eat in the desert was called “the bread from heaven;” (cf. Exodus 16:4; Psalm 78:24; Psalm 105:40; Wisdom 16:20). However, Jesus reveals Himself to be the true Bread from heaven; those who ate manna all died, but whoever eats the true Bread from heaven will live forever; i.e., will have eternal life.
- It reveals the Redemption, when Jesus gives the flesh of His Body and Blood as the Perfect Sacrifice on the Cross.
- It reveals the Eucharist; Jesus gives the flesh of His Body and Blood so that those who receive it may have life in Him (true life in God).