Sunday, June 07, 2009

Bread of God

27 "Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him, God the Father has set his seal." 28 Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?" 29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." 30 So they said to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31 Our Fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat. '" 32 Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 34 They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."
John 6:27-34, New English Standard Version

Bread of God

How confusing this must have been for the people living in the days when Christ walked upon this earth. This man named Jesus, was speaking strange things they had never heard. And, He was equating himself with God--but He did not look like a God. He just looked like one of them.

These verses begin with the command of Christ, "Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life." I love their response! "What must we do to be doing the works of God?"

Then, here it comes: "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." Here is where it always begins, is it not? Unless we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (the bread of God), we have no Christianity and no true relationship with God! It was true then, and it is true now!

The manna, the bread of God which was sent to sustain the Israelites in the wilderness, was a picture of the true bread of God which would sustain all believers for all eternity. "For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

Do not be deceived, there is no other way to come to God, except through the blood of Christ shed on the cross in payment for the sins of his people!

Oh, Bread of God,
My joy, my life.
Oh save me from this world of strife!

Oh, Bread of God,
My Shepherd King,
To Thee all praises do I bring.

In you I trust forever more,
And for your grace I do implore.

Oh, Bread of God,
In You I trust,
For you alone are wise and just!

God Bless You,
Linda

PS The poetry is mine, humble though it be.

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