Be Still Know
John 6:51 NLT
‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.’
I mentioned yesterday that bread was a staple for the world’s diet. In associating himself with bread, Jesus indicates that he is the staple for our eternal diet. Without Christ there is no hope, yet since Jesus laid down his life for the salvation of humanity, there is now an eternal hope. This hope enables each one of us to see beyond what is to that which has been promised throughout the pages of scripture, and secured through the death, resurrection and ascension of our Lord. Hence, Jesus describes himself as the living bread.
I have worked with many people over the years who would describe themselves as Christians because they faithfully attend church. However, once I start to tell stories of personal encounter with God, they often ask what I’m talking about. It doesn’t resonate with their experience. They have a fine working knowledge of the technical truth of Christianity, yet have never found a personal relationship with Jesus.
For many, Jesus is the good teacher, who presents high moral values which we all applaud while silently accepting they are beyond human capacity to enact. His life of care for those on the margins shines through and he is seen as a good man. However, Jesus remains a historical symbol, while his resurrection is considered pure fiction.
However, Jesus announces that he is the living bread, as alive today as he was 2,000 years ago! This is the miracle of the resurrection, for Jesus was not brought back from the dead as Lazarus was. Jesus encountered death and defeated it to emerge the other side so that death will never be able to touch him again. Lazarus faced death again; not so Jesus. He triumphed over the grave and received a body that was supernatural in the purity of its glory.
QUESTION: How do you relate to Jesus? Is it time to surrender your life completely into his hands?
PRAYER: I praise you, risen Lord, because of your victory over death, even though I die yet will I live. Truly, what amazing food.