And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (John 6:35 KJV)
I am a quick bread baker. If the recipe title has the word “muffins”, that’s my cue to get out the loaf pan. There is nothing like spreading soft butter on a warm slice of bread. Just the smell of it will bring a smile to my lips. It has to be up there among the top 10 of comfort foods. Jesus called Himself the Bread of Life.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? (John 6:51-52 KJV).
In those days as now, bread was a staple food for many people in the known world. Bread was necessary to live and survive. The people who heard Jesus say this thought He was literally talking about eating His flesh. He was trying to get them to see that to have a full life and to survive all that this fallen world brings, they had to believe in Who He was.
The words Jesus spoke over two millenniums ago have not lost their power. In this century, I need the Bread of Life to live in freedom and overcome obstacles. I have to hunger and thirst for Jesus daily. Reading, hearing, studying and meditating on the Word of God are necessary food and drink for my spirit. Listening to Christian music stirs up my praises to Jesus. But my most cherished moments are my quiet times. Those are the times when God is the most intimate with me. It is in the stillness of my spirit where He reveals His heart and His desires for me.
But staying connected to Jesus is a continuous effort. When the busyness of life, the laziness of my flesh, and even church come before God, the Holy Spirit gently reminds me that I have missed several of my quiet time appointments. I marvel at the magnitude of the thought that The Creator of the Universe wants to spend time talking with me. I must partake of Him everyday.
My quick breads will disappear in a few days but the Bread of Life has no expiration date. He is fresh everyday and lasts into eternity. No purchase necessary. The price was paid on the cross at Calvary. He is free to all who will receive and believe in Him.
Jesus, Thank You for the price you paid for salvation so we can feed on Your love and Word everyday. Amen.
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