DayBreaks for 01/07/14 – The House of Bread
John 6:32-35 (NLT) Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.” 35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
I am a grandfather, 61 years of age. Remember that saying about how you can’t teach an old dog (like me!) new tricks? Well, I’m not learning new tricks, but God continues to reveal things to me as long as I’m willing to listen.
In the text for today, Jesus doesn’t just claim to be the bread of life, but to be the “true” bread that comes from heaven. That’s significant because fake bread can’t satisfy and bread from this earth’s kitchens will rot and go bad. The bread from heaven suffers from none of those maladies.
He also claims that those who hunger but who come to him won’t hunger again. That’s significant because about 24 hours earlier he had fed these same people, 5000 men plus women and children, a sumptuous feast of fish, and yes, bread, on the side of the mountain. But they were hungry again. Clearly Jesus was speaking of anyone who came seeking what sustains real life, eternal life, would not hunger again but would find all that they need to fill the ache inside when they find Him.
But here’s what was new to me this past Christmas season. Do you know what the word “Bethlehem” means? Of course we think of it as the birthplace of the Christ child, but the word itself means – get this – “house of bread.” How fitting that the Bread of Life comes from the “house of bread”! In Bethlehem every day numerous loaves of bread were baked and consumed, but those who ate of those loaves would be hungry again soon. Jesus, the Bread of Life, comes from the house of bread – and where did he come from? Heaven!
God desires to provide us with that which will fill us completely and forever if we will only come to His house of bread to partake of the Bread of Life which was born, and broken, for us!
PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for filling the greatest hunger we can ever have – and filling it forever! Thank you, Father, for sending the Bread of Life from heaven that we might eat – and live! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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