Full – containing or holding as much or as many as possible; having no empty space.
Fulfilled – bring to completion or reality
John 6:31-40 (NLT)
31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.”
35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. 37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”
We talk about having a full life often. But having a “full” life isn’t necessarily having a complete life, is it? It’s really just having a life that is occupied. A life that has no more space in it for anything else.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I think our lives should be full. I mean who wants an empty life, right? However, the question at hand is what exactly are we filling our lives with?
Jesus said He is the Bread of Life and Living Water, and that those who believe in Him will never hunger and never thirst. As complex as it sounds, your hunger for the Bread of Life and thirst for Living Water is in fact the fulfillment you need in life.
In John 6:31, there almost seems to be an envy present amongst the people. “After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” And all along Jesus is present, the true Bread of Heaven (v. 32 ). A desire to be full physically, blinded the people from being fulfilled in all of their life (v. 33).
Yet, Jesus in His patience tries to explain it to them in John 6:35, 40.
In other words, the bread you seek, is me. That thing you seek to make you complete, is Me. I’m it. In Me, you can be full and fulfilled.