Living On His Bread

Earlier this week I made the most perfect grilled cheese sandwich I have ever made. The cheese was warm and melted and the bread was that lovely shade of dark brown right before the burnt-black stage. It was crunchy and gooey and just the right temperature to be totally yummy.

But just a few minutes after enjoying this lovely lunch, I was hungry again. The sandwich was perfect in my opinion, but it wasn't enough. My hunger came back with a vengeance, and I had to find something else to satisfy it. The bread, though perfect for one meal, wasn't enough.

In several places in the Gospel, the writers of the New Testament tell of a conversation Jesus Christ had with His followers about bread. They question Him about the manna in the desert, and place this miracle above the precious things Jesus was doing in His ministry.

John 6:30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?

John 6:31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

John 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

John 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

John 6:34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.

John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

We are such a needy people. Besides our physical needs we are spiritually hungry, with desires that cannot be soothed by earthly means. And people look everywhere - television preachers, self-help books and therapists can't give you answers that will give you peace.

Jesus Christ is to be fed upon. He has life, gives life and is life. This is a foreign concept to the non-believer, but saved Christian women can testify that the world has nothing to offer that can satisfy like our Savior. He is a continuous supply for all of our needs, changing His support as necessary to fulfill the desires of His people.

While manna from Heaven truly was a miracle, the Lord continues something even more powerful. He makes dead sinners to live. The great gift of salvation from God is better than daily bread for our physical needs. Jesus Christ will satisfy for all eternity, filling us to overflowing with all we could ever ask or think.

Whatever you feed upon gives either life or death, like the difference between a freshly baked loaf of bread and a cyanide pill. When we choose to feed on the Living Bread of Jesus, we choose the path that leads to fullness of life and deep satisfaction. A sandwich is good for the moment, but Christ is perfect forever.

Feed on Him today. Feed on His Word, on His many blessings and on the joy He brings to your heart. You'll never go hungry again.

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