Bread of Life

N.C. State Fair
   In the Gospel of John we find seven “I am” statements in which Jesus describes Himself.  Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)  As I was at the N.C. state fair a few weeks back I was taking a look at these beautiful apples, as well as 500 hundred pound pumpkins, and a 200 hundred pound watermelon.  Since then, I have been thinking a lot about Jesus’ “I am” statements and the first of these, when Jesus states that He is the bread of life.  Jesus is clearly communicating that He alone is the sustenance that we require for eternal life.  There is no other “food” that will satisfy.  Practically, in the same way that we need food to survive each day, we need Him.  What does that make church?  Is church the bakery where we pick up our fresh “bread”, “our time with Jesus” once a week so we can survive?  Well, what do you think?  Do you go all week on the nutrients from Sunday lunch?  I don’t think so.  Neither do I.
   So why do we think that 1 hour a week with Jesus is enough.  How can we really have a “personal”  relationship with God when we don’t seek Him daily.  How can you expect to be content in life if you have rejected Jesus?  Jesus announces that He is the bread of life for our spiritual sustenance yet why do we wonder around spiritually starved, unable to experience the rich depths of a deep relationship with Him.  Do we lack faith, obedience, love?  Perhaps we should take Jesus statements more literally.  There is a danger where we overlook profound truths of Scripture because of imagery or the number of times we have heard or read it.  Perhaps it’s because one hour of life-giving bread a week is not enough time to accurately understand the life giving power of the Scripture.  Perhaps we need spiritual fulfillment everyday through Jesus Christ and we must study the Scripture on our own.  Jesus responded to satan’s temptation, “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  So who are you turning to as your bread of life?  If it’s not Jesus its something and it is futile.  The prodigal son found himself living in a pig pen eating kerapod, food that pigs can get nutrients out of but humans cannot.  So if you are are getting your sustinence from anything other than Jesus, you are getting full but you are not getting any life giving nutrients.
   The theology of eating sounds funny but it is very interesting.  How did sin come into the world? What did Jesus do with those He discipled?  What about John 6, what are we told to eat there?  What about the fellowship over meals?  Are you looking forward to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb?  As you live your life from meal to meal, make time to spend with the Lord and Savior.  His nourishment will last forever.

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