Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Bread of Life

"Then Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry. And whoever believes in me will never thirst.'" John 6:35

In the culture of Jesus' day, bread held great significance. A symbol of God's provision, it had a certain sanctity attached to it. Not only was it food, bread represented ideas, opportunities and prosperity. In His instruction, "Give us this day our daily bread..." (Matt. 6:11), Jesus meant more than just asking God for our next meal. We are to request and expect His divine insights and understanding to successfully live each day.

Lacking a Wal-Mart Supercenter or grocery store most people at that time made  bread daily. Semitic women invoked the name of God in the kneading and baking process. Doing so, they were continually reminded of their dependence on God as their source and their only appropriate channel of supply.

While tested in the wilderness by Satan, Jesus rebuffed his enemy's temptation:
"Man shall not live by bread alone..." Matt 4:4.

Getting and having more stuff doesn't produce genuine happiness and satisfaction. If it could we'd never clean out our closets and hold garage sales in order to make room for the latest passing fancy. Without sustenance from The Bread of Life, the accumulation of wealth and all it can purchase is futile.

Jesus boldly equated Himself with the 'asih which is Arabic for bread and means the life giver. Both Jews and Gentiles understood what He meant. Using an ordinary object necessary for daily life, Jesus likened an individual's need for natural bread to their need for the real Bread of Life. He identified Himself as the Savior they could depend on.

As the 'aish, Jesus isn't just bread that sustains life, but He is the very life of God available for all to partake of. When one eats this bread, they never hunger again.

How about you? How does the term 'the life giver' stack up to your understanding of who God is? What types of thoughts does the need for a daily dependence on God engender in you? How can you feast on the Bread of Life and be nourished? 

1 comment:

  1. Jesus said," 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."New International Version (NIV)

    Jesus makes my life sweeter and more peaceful. God has been good to me throughout my years. I haven't always wanted to do what He wanted but He helped me see my choices in light of who He is.