I am the bread of life

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 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.” John 6:35-40

Today in the USA with the exception of a sandwich, we tend to view bread as more of an appetizer than part of a meal.  But that has not always been the case. Growing up, bread was always on the table during meals as a part of the meal. Historically in the Middle East and the West bread was a dietary staple. There may have not been much if any meat but there was always bread. Even the poor ate bread. To those living in first century Palestine bread was life.

So it is no wonder after Jesus feed the crowd with bread that they would follow Him to Capernaum. Jesus had given them something they could never have enough of. They wanted more. Jesus had more to give them, just not the more they wanted and expected.

There is one thing about bread, no matter how much you eat at some time later you will be hungry again. Bread will satisfy your hunger but it will not keep that hunger from returning. No food we eat will do that. You have a meal and within a few hours you are ready to eat again.

Jesus had a different “Bread of Life” one that once taken will never leave you needing more. Jesus came to feed not the body but the soul. The body will always need to eat but the soul once satisfied by the Bread of Life will never hunger again. Jesus fills the hunger every man and woman have for the spiritual. He fills the “God sized” hole we all have, that longing for more, for life to have meaning, for all creation to have meaning. Jesus is that meaning. He is the way to eternal life, an eternity with God.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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