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Christmas Bread
December 7, 2014


I love the aroma of fresh baked bread.  The whole house is filled with the fragrant smell as it bakes in the oven.  I can hardly wait until the loaf is done baking so that I can have a warm buttered slice.

Bread is very filling, and very satisfying.  I think of spiritual food that has more lasting effects.  Food from God’s Word sustains me, nourishes my soul and gives me that feeling of satisfaction.   Even a small morsel a day can completely satisfy.

As I reflect during this Advent season I think of God’s great love for us.  Sending His beloved Son, into the world to feed us spiritually.  Jesus, being the Bread of Life, came into this world to fill us up.  He came to satisfy and sustain us.  To give us an overabundance, of spiritual food so that we would never be hungry again.

How appropriate then, that Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem, translated “House of Bread”.   The area was a grain-producing area in Old Testament times.

Jesus was also placed in a manger, a feeding trough!  A place where animals would eat their daily portion of food.

In John 6:32-58 we read the following scripture that reveals Jesus as the Bread of Life:

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.  But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.  And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.”  And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.  It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.  Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.  I am the bread of life.   Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.  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.”

The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.  This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

The Bread of Life

*The bread of life

basic, essential food

a simple metaphor

of something far grander

So he spoke, to the people

in words that had common meaning

in that time and place

Bread of life

offered for us

food of life

daily bread

living water

I am these he said

a precious gift from God

needed for life

*Raymond A. Foss

Thank you God for the precious gift of Jesus, who came to feed the hungry soul!



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