Bread Of Life

July 16, 2019

Good Morning Everyone, 

23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; 24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. 26 He is ever lending generously,  and his children become a blessing. – Psalm 37:23-26

“Will Work For Food” – have you seen the signs?  When I traveled out West, you’d see them on every off-ramp.  Any street corner that had any amount of traffic would have at least one possibly two or more together looking for a hand-out.  I see them now too, but I think our weather, especially in winter, thins out those willing to stand out in the cold.  

I was headed to an appointment this past Thursday, and as I exited the freeway, an individual was standing there holding a similar sign.  This particular off-ramp has a three or four minute light at the bottom.  As I was waiting for the light to turn, I watched him answer one call on his cellphone, and then make two additional calls while he finished one cigarette and lit another one from the butt end of the first.  It made me wonder how he could afford the cellphone and cigarettes, but not something to eat.

Before you declare me callous, when I come across something like that, I’ll typically drive to where I can buy a fast-food meal and then circle back to deliver it.  I find myself hard-pressed to offer them cash because I’m fearful they won’t spend it on the food they’re asking for.

After feeding the 5,000, Jesus withdrew from the crowd knowing they would try to take him by force and make him their king.  The next day the crowd went to Capernaum seeking Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work 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.” – John 6:25-27

“Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life.”

Like the person on the off-ramp, are we always seeking this food, food that perishes?  God’s promises for us are all found in his Word.  As we seek Jesus, we find both the bread and the living water of salvation.

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.”

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” – John 6:28-40

What a promise we’ve been given in God’s Word!  Within our Saviors embrace we have the promise of eternal life, and, like Jesus, He will raise us up on the last day to spend eternity with him.  All this we have as a promise from God himself, that whoever looks on Christ and believes in him shall have eternal life.  It’s not bread we can buy, it is a gift from God.

Today, as you consider God’s Word, as you believe in Christ Jesus, your Savior, your risen Lord, rejoice that you are at peace with God, that you are indeed, a redeemed, forgiven child of God.

Prayer – Almighty God and Father, precious Lord and Savior, give us this bread always; as we believe on the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, deliver us. Clothed in His righteousness alone, we dare to stand before your throne, declared not guilty by the blood of the Lamb. And all of God’s children said, Amen and Amen.

May God bless you richly as you dwell on his word.

In His Service,

Joel