O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. Psalm 63:1-4
I have been contemplating something for a couple of weeks now. I heard a song recently that talked about seeing I AM. As I listened to the words, I heard a gentle whisper in my spirit, “I am the Bread of Life.”
Jesus is the Bread of Life
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35
There is so much in that sentence that I know that I cannot fully comprehend the meaning. My understanding can only touch the tip of the iceberg.
Jesus first spoke about bread when He was being tempted in the wilderness:
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:1-4
Jesus had been led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. That sentence alone is enough to cause a tremble or two, isn’t it? You mean the Spirit leads us into the wilderness? I don’t know about you, but being led into the wilderness doesn’t exactly sound like a good time. Maybe for people who love camping and hiking, being led into the wilderness would seem like fun, but not to me. But then, as if that wasn’t enough…He leads us into a place of temptation? A time of testing, to see if we really believe what we say we believe? How thankful I am that He promises not to allow us to be tempted beyond our endurance, and instead provides a way out.
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Jesus is the Word made flesh
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Jesus is life, the Word of God is life
So…what have we been feeding on lately?
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, as was prophesied in the Old Testament.
But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity. Micah 5:2
Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:4-7
Did you know that Bethlehem means house of bread? So Jesus, the Bread of Life, was born in the House of Bread. How like God to do something so spectacular!
“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” John 6:45-51
Again, what have we been feeding on?
I started doing something recently that has really helped me focus on Jesus as the Bread of Life. Maybe you already do this, but it was new for me. At the end of 2016, a few ministries that I follow were speaking about doing communion in their quiet times with the Lord. I’ve had communion in church, and with some home Bible study groups that I have met with, but I had never had it with only Jesus. May I encourage you to try it if it’s not something you’ve done?
I’m reminded of a song by Michael Card, Light of the World, part of which goes like this:
You are the Bread of Life, oh Lord,
Broken to set us free
So how could there be any hunger in me
If you are the Bread of Life
You are the Bread of Life
May the Lord satisfy your every hunger for Him.
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:5-8
Beautiful reminder! Interestingly, I have been meditating on one of your points lately — namely, that Bethlehem means “House of Bread” and that the Bread of Life was born in the House of Bread! If a similar statement shows up somewhere on my blog one day, I promise it came from the Author of Life and my personal study of Hebrew. 😉
That made me smile. 😊 Very interesting that you’ve been thinking on the same thing. I love your writing and look forward to reading about it.
Thank you! It may be awhile. I seem to have a bad case of writer’s block right now. I very much enjoy your writing, too!