Sunday, August 10, 2008

Jesus: The Spiritual Bread You Need

Weekend, August 9 & 10

Sweet Reminders of God's Good Provision: Bread of Life

I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35

Recommended Reading

John 6:30-59

It seems to be part of the human condition that we are more attracted to the sizzle than the steak; the creamy icing instead of the cake. And it happens in the spiritual realm as well: We much prefer the gifts to the Giver.

When Israel traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land, they were led by none other than God himself. But their focus was on food instead of fellowship, on tasting the meat of Egypt instead of the treat of the Promised Land. They were more interested in what God might provide than in God himself. Fifteen hundred years later, their focus was still blurry. When God incarnate, Jesus Christ, walked in their midst, they asked Him to perform signs for them—like Moses had done by providing manna in the wilderness. And Jesus' answer was, "I am the bread of life." That is, Jesus himself was the sign they should have been looking for. Instead of arguing about what Jesus might do for them (as their forefathers had done with Moses), they should have been embracing Him as the spiritual bread they needed.

If you have a need at this moment, look first to the Giver, not to the gift. It was Moses who said, and Jesus who confirmed, that "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4). It is His Word that sustains us. The sweetest reminder of God's good provision for us is the gift of His living Word, the Bread of Life. Don't look for anything sweeter in life until you have tasted Him.

A piece of bread with God's love is angels' food.

Thomas Watson


Jeremiah 37:1 - 41:18 ; Jeremiah 42:1 - 45:5

HT: David


Anonymous said...

I'm studying who did and didn't do anything to possess the land and who was rewarded and who wasn't and it will take me more than one sitting but...

Joshua 7:12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, [but] turned [their] backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.

Susan Smith said...

This is a wonderful post to start a new week, Christine. It is positive and refreshing. We worship an amazing, gracious and mind-boggling God. The miracles of our Lord never cease.

Have a great week with Jesus my “little” sister. God has you right where you are for such a time as this. You are a blessing to the world and it is a privilege to watch how the Lord is working in and through you on a daily basis. Much love to you and your family. (ss)

Tamela's Place said...

Amen! to that. Taste and see that the Lord is Good!

jeleasure said...

Someone visited me today as an exit from this blog item. I came to see what I followed.
Good reminder. Jesus, the bread of life, the sustanence of spiritual existence. Without whom, we would wither and become dust.