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Read John 6:24-35 with your family. This is one of the hard-to-understand stories in the Bible. The characters in the story are confused about the difference between regular bread they eat and the ever lasting bread that Jesus was talking about.
In the Hebrew culture, bread was a symbol of God being with the people. Every Sabbath in the Temple, the priests would have 12 fresh loaves of bread called Bread of Presence or ‘Showbread’ that symbolized God being there with the priests. The priests ate the bread through the week.
When you know that was part of the Hebrew temple tradition, it is easier to understand why Jesus was talking about himself being the bread. They already understood that God was present in the bread, so Jesus was telling them he was God and was here to give them something even more important than everyday food.