I don’t know about you but I love bread! There is just something so satisfying about eating a piece of fresh, warm bread with butter. One of the greatest miracles that Jesus did was to feed 5000 people with five loaves of bread and and 2 fish. This act was not to meet a social need but was rather an way for Him to explain to the crowd that He is the Bread of Life.
The Bread of Life
What is the significance of Jesus saying that He is the Bread of Life? Bread in the Bible is symbolic of spiritual life. Our spiritual hunger is much like our physical hunger. When our body needs nourishment, our stomach tells our brain and we eat to satisfy that need. When we are spiritually hungry, only God can satisfy the need and Jesus is the “Bread” that we need.
I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. ~ John 6:35
The Importance of Bread
Bread isn’t as important in our diet today as it used to be in ancient times. Today, when you go out to eat, many restaurants bring you is a basket of bread. The bread is complimentary and it is meant to tide you over until the main course arrives. You can eat it or not because it isn’t the main meal. In the Jesus’ day, you didn’t pass on the bread because it was the main part of the meal.
Jesus described himself as the Bread of Life because He was using something that was vital to their life. Without bread, the people would physically starve. Without the Bread of Life, their souls would starve. The comparison shows how significant the statement is.
How to be Fed
Are you wondering how to be fed by Jesus? Do you question how to find the Bread of Life? One of the first things that you should do is to ask Jesus into your heart. Ask for forgiveness of your sins and ask for God to guide your life. Once you have done these things, you can partake of the Bread of Life. Reading God’s Word is one way that you can learn more about Jesus. It is through this learning that you will be fed.
Have you already asked Jesus into your heart but you feel like you are running on empty? Ask yourself, “Am I really hungry for the Bread of Life? Is Jesus really at the center of everything I do?” Take action from your answers. Read God’s Word and pray that God will become the center of your life.
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