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The Living Bread!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson


Pastor
Cecil Thompson

John 6:32-33

"Jesus said to them, 'I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.' "

Every time I read passages like this, I realize how fickle and shallow we humans tend to be. Jesus had only recently healed an invalid, fed five thousand with five loaves and two fish, and now they asked for a sign so they could believe! It reinforces a strong belief of mine, that, regardless of the commonly held view, people are not convinced by signs, even miraculous ones. Trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord always requires an act of faith.

The word "bread" occurs over 300 times in the Bible. In this passage that I have given you from John 6, Jesus reveals that He is the, "Bread from heaven." It is fascinating that He was born in Bethlehem and the meaning of Bethlehem is "house of bread."

The crowds that listened to Jesus fell back on their traditions and the Torah accounts of how God sent manna to feed them during the period of the Exodus. The implication was that if Jesus was really the Messiah, He would be able to provide them with bread on a continuing basis. They mentioned nothing about how their forefathers complained and even rebelled at the same menu day after day. Now they wanted a sign - they had one - it was Jesus Himself!

A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE!!! IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE SLOW DOWN IN THE STUDY OF GOD'S WORD AND DETERMINE WHAT IT SAYS THAT APPLIES TO US!

In the last few days before his crucifixion, Jesus gathered with His disciples to celebrate the Feast of Passover. You will recall, that this Feast was instituted by God to commemorate the deliverance of His people from the bondage in Egypt. Jesus, when He took that thin sheet of unleavened bread, gave His disciples the understanding that the bread was the symbol of his body that was given to them.

Not only was it given to them, but to us as well. He desires that we be identified with Him. Paul writes in Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

The Bread of Life becomes our source of strength and spiritual nourishment. It is tragic that so many are starving spiritually, when, at the same time, Jesus has become our Bread of Life. In what areas of your life are you suffering malnutrition? Remember, that when Jesus broke that bread, He spoke life and abundance to all who would receive Him. He is yours and is always there beside you.

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil

 

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