Bread of Life

Bible Readings

  • I Kings 17:1-6
  • John 6:25-35

Text

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)

Introduction

When we spent our summer holidays with my dear old granny Ferguson, and granddad, she used to put a griddle over the fire and bake some soda farls, that with fresh butter were out of this world. My late father and late brother both trained to be bakers, in fact Reg baked our wedding cake. There is no nicer smell than that which comes out of a bakery, if Heaven smelt like that, I will be the happiest person there.

The national loaf was introduced in 1942 and rationed in 1946. It was made with wholemeal flour instead of white flour that we Brits were used to, and it was not popular.

“Back of the loaf is the snowy flour, and back of the flour is the mill, and back of the mill is the sun and the shower, and the wheat, and the Father’s Will.”

God is the Giver of Our Daily Bread

By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19). The Lord promised us our daily bread (food) but we will earn it by the sweat of our brow. In other words, we will have to work for it. Jesus reminds us that God our Father is the giver in the Lord’s Prayer, there it is: “Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11). It is so easy to deprive God of the Glory that belongs to Him. We are so quick to ask, but so slow to say thank you.

Jews always say grace at the end of a meal.

In a loaf there is life and strength. There is a Greek proverb which says, “We do not live-in order to eat, but we eat in order to live.” So, we see that God our Father is interested in our daily life and provision of bread is a big part of that in order that we will have strength to serve Him. In the Lord’s prayer eight times we find the words, “our,” “we,” or “us.” We are to remember God’s children everywhere when we pray. This petition requires that we volunteer to refrain from being greedy and share the food God has blessed us with others who have none.

Jesus, the Bread of Life

In Matthew 4:4 we read, Jesus answered, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” In John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.

Just as our physical bodies can’t live without food, so our spiritual life can’t live without Jesus, who is the BREAD OF LIFE.
“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will him up at the last day.” “I am the bread of life.” Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven which man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John 6: 40, 48-51.

As we gather around the Lord’s Table we are reminded of His broken body and His shed blood, that He surrendered on the Cross for us. When we break the bread, we are reminded of His body, broken for you and for me. When we put our trust in Him as Saviour then we have life just as the dear lady trusted in the words of the Lord given through Elijah that the flour on the jar was not used up and the woman and her son along with Elijah lived. As God has met our physical needs so He has met our spiritual need in His Son, Jesus who is the Bread of Life. Psalm 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his saints for those who fear him lack nothing. (Psalm 34:8-9)

Spiritual Food

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.
In the Old Testament we read in Exodus 16:4 how God supplied bread from heaven to meet the need for food for the Israelites and in Exodus 17:6 God give them water to drink. Back in the book of Genesis God told Adam that he would earn his food by the sweat of his brow, in other words he would have to work for it. Genesis 3:19. When Jesus met the woman at the well. He promised her that if she trusted in Him that she would never thirst again, John 4:14.

Jesus gives us today the wonderful assurance that He is the Bread of Life. Our hunger for spiritual food can be satisfied only when we trust in Jesus as Saviour.