Jesus had just fed five thousand men plus women and children with five loaves and two fish. The people searched for Him, having seen this and many other signs He performed. But, in fact, they didn’t yet search for Him, but for the works He was doing. They saw Him but didn’t really SEE Him. All this and they still asked for a sign that they might believe. There He uttered the first of His seven “I Am” statements in the Gospel of John:
I AM the bread of life.
I AM. There is the ultimate sign. The same words breathed from the mouth of God to the ears of Moses, I AM. For your salvation, I AM. For your eternal security, I AM. To fill your soul-hunger, I AM. For every need. I AM.
And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
Jesus did not clothe Himself in flesh and come to this earth merely to heal the sick, feed the hungry, and raise the dead, but IN these things He came to show us the Father. The Father’s heart IS to meet our immediate needs, as He did when He sent manna from heaven to feed His people, day by day, as they wandered in the desert. As He did when He multiplied the bread and the fish to feed those who had come to hear Jesus. As He did when He healed so many physical infirmities and brought Lazarus out of the grave. But His ultimate will, as Jesus says, is that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life.
And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.“ So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. Numbers 21:8-9
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:14-15
To look on Jesus is not simply to look with the eyes and see Him. It is to look on Him in desperate need. It is to look to Him because you know that without Him you will not live. And once you have looked and received Him as the bread of life, you have the assurance that you belong to Him and you cannot be lost! This is the will of the Father, and the reason that Jesus came. HE IS our final and complete healing. HE IS our permanent satisfaction. HE IS our life for all eternity.
Live Free. Live Loved.