"... it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven." (John 6:32-33)

So they asked him, "What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." (John 6:30-33)

What is the 'true bread from heaven?'

In answering them, Jesus is clarifying that it is the Supreme Being who is conducting miracles and dispatching His representatives. It is the Supreme Being who is sending His loving servants like Moses, Solomon, David, Abraham, Jonah, Job, John the Baptist, and Jesus. It is the Supreme Being who is empowering them to teach His message and perform miracles.

Those questioning Jesus were talking about the Exodus, when Moses led the Israelites out of slavery and to Canaan. Please see below for an alternative translation* of this verse.

Thus we find that the "true bread from heaven" is the opportunity to re-connect with God, and re-develop our loving relationship with God.

This metaphor is similar to an earlier metaphor Jesus used when he spoke of "food" they didn't know about.

Ultimately, only the Supreme Being can give us this opportunity, but He may utilize His loving servant to communicate through. Through His representative, the Supreme Being illustrates to us how we can make changes in our life in order to advance our own relationship with God.

This is because God's representative already has a loving service relationship with God, and can show us how we can also achieve that. This is the meaning of "my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven."

The loving servant and representative of God enjoys a transcendental relationship with the Supreme Being. While we cannot see that relationship with the physical eyes, we can know of it by seeing the activities of the loving servant of God. Seeing those activities - seeing the loving servant of God sacrifice his entire life to the Supreme Being - is the means by which we can see the extent of their relationship. In the case of Jesus, we can see the extent of his relationship with the Supreme Being by Jesus' life.

In other words, Jesus didn't just teach with words. He also taught with his actions. Through his life, we can see what a devoted loving servant does to please God.

What is "the bread of God"?

Jesus is using a metaphor. This is not physical bread made from wheat flour. The "bread of God" is love of God. It is a loving relationship with the Supreme Being.

This loving relationship with God is illustrated by the life and activities of Lord Jesus. He "came down" to provide us with the information about the need to love God, and how we can achieve this relationship through pleasing the Supreme Being.

And what did Jesus do to please his beloved Master and Father, the Supreme Being?

He gave up everything. Just think about it. Jesus walked from town to town with no possessions, no home, and even though many criticized him, he never wavered in his teachings and his mission to serve the Supreme Being.

Then Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice in the physical world: His physical body. Because he would not budge or retract any of his teachings, Jesus was persecuted, tortured and murdered. Jesus could have escaped such a fate if he wanted to. He could have run off from Jerusalem and escaped arrest. He could have mellowed out his teachings so they wouldn't inflame the high priest. Instead, he carried on in his mission to please the Supreme Being and teach us about God.

This is the stuff of love. This is the stuff of devotion and the reason why God's representative is the "bread from heaven." Because the life and teachings of God's representative reveal the intense loving relationships that exist between the Supreme Being and His devoted children who dwell in the spiritual world with Him.


*Here is the translation of this verse according to the Lost Gospels of Jesus:

“Very truly I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the food from heaven, but it is my LORD who gives you the true food from the spiritual realm. For the food of God is that which comes out of the spiritual realm and gives life to the world.” (John 6:32-33)