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The Bread of Life

By Andy Elmes

Resources The Bread of Life
John 6:35, NIV
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.”
Here the Lord Jesus introduces Himself as the bread of life. Seven times in the book of John Jesus says “I Am” and each time He revealed another facet of His character and who He is. In this instance we see Him reveal that He is the bread of life. Just as natural bread represents what is needed to sustain natural life, so He, as the bread of life, now provides everything we need for a spiritually-alive life. Just like the bread-like manna that came from heaven for the children of Israel in the wilderness, so today He is the true bread that came from heaven that gives us all the strength we need.

He is the One who truly removes spiritual hunger in our lives and satisfies all the inner thirsts that we may have. Oh yes, other things may momentarily satisfy but they will always leave you hungry and thirsty again, but when you live committed to remaining in Him, He satisfies in a way that causes you to remain full.

There are many parallels, and much symbolism, to Him being like bread that we could use. To me, a very significant one is always concerning the bread we use at communion. As Paul instructs us in 1 Corinthians 11 we are to take the bread and break it in remembrance of Him. As we tear the bread and receive it we are to remember that it represents His body broken for us! Whenever we take communion at church or in our homes and break the bread, we remember that it represents Him, the bread of life. His body was torn to give us new life and it also provides access by a new and living way into the throneroom of goodness, acceptance and grace.

Hebrews 12:19-20, NIV
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body.

Thank you, Father, for the Bread of Life that was sent to give us life – your only begotten Son, Jesus!
God bless,


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11th December 2019