Read John 6
Focus on verse 35
I like bread, particularly when it is still warm and fresh out of the oven. Add a couple of pats of butter and some strawberry jam and I’m a happy person. Bread is considered one of the essential “staple” food items that in most places is not taxed.. That being said, not all bread is created equal. When I go to the grocery store looking for bread, there is what our family calls “mush bread” which is found in the bread isle. It is usually fairly inexpensive, but it is the bread that the store brings in from commercial bakeries. It is the kind of bread that can sit on the counter for a week or two without going moldy. While this may seem like a benefit, nutritionists tell us that this is not a good thing!
Most grocery stores also have an in store bakery in the neighborhood of the deli items, where they bake fresh bread. This is where one finds the 12 grain specialty bread, and the whole wheat bread that is really made of whole wheat. This bread is more expensive, but it is also the next best thing to truly home made bread fresh out of the oven. If one were to let this bread sit on the counter there would be mold in two or three days.we are told this is a good thing as it means there are fewer preservatives in the bread.
In today’s reading the chapter begins with Jesus feeding five thousand people with five little loaves of bread and two fish. Apparently somewhere between the table grace and the distribution of the food by the disciples there was a miraculous multiplication of the bread and fish. By the end of the chapter Jesus is making statements about Himself that are freaking people out. He is talking about how He is the Bread of Life and that those who believe must eat of His flesh and drink His blood. It was confusing to the people at that time, but His disciples eventually came to understand that He was making symbolic reference how He would be remembered after his death and resurrection. It is also a reference to how after Jesus death and resurrection, we would find spiritual strength and nourishment in our relationship with Him.
Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (v. 35)
It is exactly for this reason that I write these blogs each day. As I read and meditate and write, I feed my spirit on the spiritual food of God’s word. It is my hope that those of you who follow this blog are choosing to read each chapter along with me and are perhaps finding food for your spirit as well.