Bread Of Life

The first mention of bread in the Bible is in Genesis 3, where God said to Adam, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.”  The word bread, in the Bible, is often used as a representative word, meaning food.   Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone,” yet bread is a necessary part of  life.  Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which means, “house of bread.”  In John 6, Jesus fed 5,000 with 5 barley loaves (bread) and 2 fishes.  He immediately attracted a multitude of followers.  People have always enjoyed eating and being entertained, and with such miracles as multiplying a little boy’s lunch to feed 5,000, He was supplying both food and entertainment.  The crowd followed Him to the next place He went, and they asked Him to show them another miracle, so that they might believe on Him.  They strongly hinted that maybe He should cause bread to fall from heaven, as Moses had done during the wilderness wanderings.   Jesus told them that Moses wasn’t the giver of that bread, that the real bread of heaven was a person, and that He was that person.  They said, “We want the bread!”  He told them their was a stipulation, that they must “come to Him,” meaning to surrender their will to His, receiving Him as their Savior and Lord.  They didn’t, but if they had, and for anybody who does, Jesus said in John 6:35, “he will never hunger and never thirst again.”  I just finished a breakfast bar and a bottle of water, and it is likely you have eaten and drank something today, also.  Jesus meant that, in Him we would find complete satisfaction for our soul.  We could identify with the Psalmist, who said, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”   A health food store put a sign in their window that read, “Eat here and live long.”  A BBQ place next door responded with their own sign: “Eat here and die happy!”  With Jesus, we can have it both ways!  He is the Bread Of Life.

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