Can I just tell you that I love bread. Every morning where we are staying in Switzerland with Matthieu and Priscilla, Priscilla puts out breakfast for us. And with every breakfast there is always bread. Daily.
This is truly like The Lord, isn’t it? As we awake from our slumber and desire Life with Him, He renews us with His Bread. For He is the Bread of Life.
In John 6:35-58, Jesus has just fulfilled some miracles and is talking to the Jews after He fed 5000 of them and their families on a hill side. The next day they came looking at the same place for that yummy bread! They were like, “Hook us up with this bread forever, Lord!”
Wouldn’t you want quality bread forever? It was cool to read about Jesus helping their bellies out. Julie and I talk about being hungry some times and not being able to focus on tasks or whatever. Jesus removed the distraction of hunger and then addressed the distraction of hunger. He said that He was the Bread of Life. Not manna. But bread.
I’m not sure what manna is, but I do know what bread is. Bread is good. God is good. We are able to partake of this Bread when we fellowship with our brothers and sisters. He provides us refreshing Life as we consume the portions of Christ that each of our brothers and sisters have to offer.
And it is good.
That type of Bread comes with butter sometimes. Perhaps some jelly or honey or toasted or cinnamon and sugar or dipped in an egg mixture with some syrup or mixed with meat and ketchup and onions into a loaf.
Or perhaps just bread.
Next time you have some bread, don’t just take it out of the bag and get to eatin’! Listen to it. Smell it. Tear it. Taste it. Enjoy it.
For His Life comes fresh. Daily. When we awake to His Life.
Another thing I noticed in this passage was in verse 42, they were like, “Dude. We know this Jesus guy. We know his parents. He’s my neighbor down the road. I grew up with that guy. How can he say that he is from heaven. Heaven is not in this world. I’m confused here…”
Jesus basically says, “Quit your grumbling. You’re not gonna get it, unless my father gives you eyes for it. He’ll draw those folks into class and teach them Himself. Wait for it. Anyone hungry? For me?”
This passage reminds me that where we expect God to show up, or not show up, like in that one song, or that movie, or that landscape, or that child, or that co-worker, or that animal, or that piece of cooked dough, He may choose to surprise us. He may use that dude we knew and even grew up with. We even knew his parents…we thought.
When we get right down to the core of Christ…He is love. He is all in all.
So you can continue to look on the hillside where He gave you that meal that one time…
Or, you can continue to seek Him and be surprised at the locations He reveals Himself, draws you into class, and begins to teach you things about Himself and His Purpose.
Was that the bell? Class is in session. Enjoy the Bread of Life. He is Eternal!
The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone. There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus. When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?” Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.” Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.'” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will 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 the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’ ?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:22-58 NASB)