Names of God: The Bread of Life

The Bread of Life
by Jan Lovegren

 

John 6:35   “’Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’”

How wonderful loaves of bread can look and taste when a person is hungry!

We recently took two of our grand-kids to Disneyland. It is a fun and an exhausting place. What a relief it was to sit and eat a whole grain bagel with cream cheese for lunch. It made it possible to get through what was left of the day with a bounce in our step. But then, by the time evening came, we needed that bread again.

Jesus calls himself the Bread of Life. He is not talking about sustaining just the physical body; He is referring to giving His body to us as bread for eternal life.

How can we eat his body as bread? He says that to those who believe in Him that they will never go hungry for He is the source of lasting life.

The Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years eating manna, the bread from heaven, the perfect health food, and yet they died. John tells us, (6:33) “For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” and (6:29) “Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.’”

We must come to the beautiful bread that gives a life that never ends. Jesus fills our eternal soul. Earthly bread is a glimpse of the goodness of the bread of life which satisfies forever.

Think about Jesus, our bread of life in this song:

You are beautiful beyond description,
Too marvelous for words,
Too wonderful for comprehension,
Like nothing ever seen or heard.
Who can grasp your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depth of your love?
You are beautiful beyond description,
Majesty enthroned above.

You are beautiful beyond description,
Yet God crushed You for my sin,
In agony and deep affliction,
Cut off that I might enter in.
Who can grasp such tender compassion?
Who can fathom this mercy so free?
You are beautiful beyond description,
Lamb of God, Who died for me.

 

And I stand, I stand in awe of You
I stand, I stand in awe of You
Holy God to whom all praise is due

I stand in awe of You
– Mark Altrogge

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