The Bread of Life
“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” (John 6.35 NIV).
God uses many metaphors in the Bible, especially when the Bible uses descriptions for Jesus. We are physical and spiritual beings, and sometimes we need a physical representation for a spiritual truth. Jesus is called the Bread of Life. This Bread was broken for our sins. Jesus’ body was broken and hung on a cross, so that His Blood, Life Essence of God, could pour forgiveness and grace out onto the world. The entire earth has been reconciled and redeemed through Jesus’ Work on the Cross. When we eat the bread for Eucharist, the ceremony that commemorates the Last Supper where Jesus drank the wine and broke the bread with His disciples, we remember this amazing metaphor. God left His throne, put on flesh and entered our world, so He could pour out His life-giving blood onto all of creation. The Broken Bread is Jesus’ broken body. Jesus took our sins, carried them into death and rose again, leaving our sins behind. When we “break bread” with family and friends, we remember the profound sacrifice that Jesus offered on our behalf—His body.
“No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded” (John 10.18 NLT).
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