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The Bread of Life
9/16/2015

"I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” John 6:51 (NKJV)

When confronted by thousands of people looking to be fed Jesus told them, “I am the bread of life.”  Jesus actually told them this five times during His discourse in John 6.  Jesus wanted every person who would eventually hear this message to fully understand He is the “Only” provision from God so mankind could be reconciled unto God—it is only through Jesus’ shed blood we are redeemed and our sin atoned for (Rom. 3:23; 6:23; Heb. 9:22; John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

The fact Jesus used an analogy of bread and eating in His teaching is very interesting, and we can glean some spiritual truths from John 6:51.

1.  The spiritual truths given to us by Jesus are of no value unless they are internalized and appropriated personally.

Let me explain—I can go to the bakery and look at all sorts of freshly baked bread in the glass shelving.  I can run and tell others who are hungry as well, but if I don’t eat it, it will do absolutely nothing to take care of my hunger.  It is the same thing with respect to accepting Christ—we can admire Him, be very impressed with His teaching and even tell others about Him, but this is not enough.  We must appropriate our faith in Jesus and receive Him into our heart to be one with Him (John 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 6:17; Gal. 2:20). 

It is the same for the Word of God — if we simply spend our time attempting to know the Word, but never really receive it into our heart and apply it to our lives it profits nothing.  We can see this spoken of in Hebrews.

For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. Hebrews 4:2 (NKJV)

Okay, let’s look at the second spiritual truth we can deduce from Jesus’ Analogy of Bread —

2.  Eating the Bread will only be motivated because we are hungry.  If we are not hungry for the things of God we will not seek them, because we have no desire to eat them.

"Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled." Luke 6:21 (NKJV)

It is the same way with desiring a relationship with Jesus, walking in His Truth, and wanting the Spiritual things of God — A person who is satisfied in living a life of sin will not desire spiritual things.   If we are going to maintain good spiritual health we will need to continually have a healthy appetite for the things of God — we must be committed to internalize these things and appropriate them in our life.  This is why Jesus told us, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (John 13:17).

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Bon Appétit.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about the bread Jesus offered, and our partaking of it?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you hungry for Jesus, for His Word, and the things of God?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make sure your spiritual diet is a healthy one so your Christian walk is healthy as well. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for teaching me Your Word.  Thank You for allowing me to have the Bread of Life so I can live.  Help me to maintain a healthy appetite for Your Word and to apply it to my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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