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Bread of Life
I am the Bread of Life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and [yet] they died. [But] this is the Bread that comes down from heaven, so that [any]one may eat of it and never die. I am this Living Bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever; and also the Bread that I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh. John 6:48-51 (Amplified Bible)
Everything that I have heard or read over this past week has pointed to the absolute provision of God through His word. Maybe we shrug our shoulders when we hear the preachers and teachers explaining to us how to work the word of God because we just cannot fathom how something that is written in a book can have such a profound effect on our lives. We are not alone in this mindset challenge:
Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:52-54
Think about your favourite bread – there is substance to it, you can hold it in your hands, taste it and after you have eaten, your hunger has been satiated. In the same way, our spirits have been designed for God – the bible says that true worshipers worship in spirit and truth. We all have an aching hunger to be fed from the table of the Father’s Love. The disciples were probably baffled at the Last Supper, as Jesus dished out symbolic pieces of Him, followed by an incredible act of devotion: It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1
I can’t imagine being loved like that. To have the Son of God wash your feet, knowing all the while it is was your sin He would have to atone for but still looking deep into your eyes with a love that would conquer death… words tend to run out at this point…For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." John 6:33
Today, just take a moment to think about all those times when you were desperately praying for an answer - and God gave you a morsel from his word at exactly the right time. Or how about those days when you felt so confused and unlovable? It was the word that lifted you up to higher ground. If light obeys it and oceans dare not trespass its boundaries, then why do we find it hard to believe that the word that God gave to you will not come to pass? He is a promise-keeper, a covenant-honouring God - so what sense is there in starving ourselves from the very thing that we crave most?
Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty." John 6:35
Cheryl Ramurath is South Africa's Purple Brain. You can read more of her devotional material and articles by logging on to www.purplebrain.co.za