The Bread of Life
Posted: Wednesday, May 11
1 Samuel 10:1-11:15
Verse of the day:
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever. (John 6:51)
No matter how far up the economic ladder we climb or how sophisticated our taste buds get, we all recognize the significance of bread as a necessity of our basic human existence. Jesus draws upon this understanding when He makes some pretty big claims in John 6 following the miraculous feeding of the 5000. In one instance, He said to the listeners, He who eats this bread will never be hungry again and Jesus goes on to say that we will live forever. In this verse He further clarifies that He is living bread from heaven. What does He mean?
First, Jesus means that He and He alone is the giver and sustainer of spiritual life. Jesus leaves no room for ambiguity. It’s clear, He alone is the source of eternal life. In his book entitled God’s Psychiatry, Charles Allen tells this story… “As World War II was drawing to a close, the Allied armies gathered up many hungry orphans. They were placed in camps where they were well-fed. Despite excellent care, they slept poorly. They seemed nervous and afraid. Finally, a psychologist came up with the solution. Each child was given a piece of bread to hold after he was put to bed. This particular piece of bread was just to be held—not eaten. The piece of bread produced wonderful results. The children went to bed knowing instinctively they would have food to eat the next day. That guarantee gave the children a restful and contented sleep.” Jesus is our hope.
Second, Jesus Christ always provides what we need and not always what we want. Many walked away from Jesus that day. This isn’t what they signed up for. Author Jeanne Zornes wrote: “As a new Christian, I presumed Jesus’ main job was taking care of me. He led me to a job, roommates to share apartment costs, and a car that ran. But after a while my tastes got fussier. Like the Israelites waking up to manna every morning, I was tired of the same-old, same-old. I wanted a home with more privacy, a more interesting yet less stressful job, and a shinier new car. My list continued to grow. I wanted Jesus to perk me up when I was down, remove my difficulties, and make living a whole lot easier. When those things didn’t come, I felt as if Jesus had walked away from me. What I didn’t realize was that I was drifting away from him. For me … it took a stormy night to point out why those expectations were off base.”