Day 28

I am the Bread of Life

from the Lent 2016 reading plan

John 6:35, 6:48, Luke 22:14-20, Exodus 16:1-36

BY Rebekah Lyons

Text: John 6:35, 6:48, Luke 22:14-20, Exodus 16:1-36

This is part of a 10-day series on the person of Christ in the 2016 Lent study.

Pssst. I have a secret. I love bread. You too? Let’s keep this under wraps from all our gluten-free besties, shall we? (Though I dare admit, they’ve cracked the code on gluten-free treats that rival the likes of Paula Dean’s confections.)

No matter your grain of choice, Jesus knew He would get the attention of women around the universe when He started talking all things bread. Since I’m a context junkie, let’s back up a bit and set the scene.

Jesus goes public at a wedding, with that turning-water-into-wine phenomenon—because His mama told Him to. This moment makes me love Him so much, and her too. (I think of her as a not-gonna-take-no-for-an-answer kind of woman.) The miracle was the first public sign of Jesus’ deity. A few folks caught on to Him that day, specifically His disciples (John 2:1-11).

Jesus goes on to cleanse the temple, for church was never intended to be a money-making machine. He sure wasn’t casual about that fact. He started teaching in secret, and then in public, to anyone who asked. Jesus told Nicodemus He didn’t come to condemn, but to save (John 3:16-18). He waited for the Samaritan woman at the well, telling her she had not one hubby, but five—not that it would keep her from the Kingdom. Hardly! She would become one of the first evangelists (John 4:28-29).

That’s His way. Jesus offers gifts freely, to the least “deserving” of society. He sought out the overlooked, the abandoned, the shunned, and the outcast. He came for them (Mark 2:17). In return, they lept to Him like a moth to a flame. Crowds swelled, pleading for His healing touch (Mark 2:1-4). Even when they didn’t ask, He’d ask them, “Do you want to get well?” And after lying on a mat for decades, that man at the pool stood right up and walked (John 5:5-15).

Crowds absorbed every word. They sat for hours in the hot sun to feast on His teaching. One day before Passover, five thousand assembled. Knowing their hunger, He asked for a boy’s lunch—five barley loaves and two fish. He broke the bread, blessed it, and multiplied it. In God-like fashion the thousands were given enough to eat their fill with twelve full baskets left over (Matthew 14:13-21). This was a foreshadowing of God’s lavish provision, offering exceedingly and abundantly above what we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

What I love about God is that He begins with the natural and He fulfills with the supernatural. Jesus fed them on a mountain, with literal bread in their bellies, because He knew He’d need to reveal a different kind of bread the next day. This spiritual bread, the bread of God, would also be broken on a mountain, blessed and multiplied, for all who believe. Finally Jesus broke the news as if He could not hold back any longer:

“I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believe in Me will ever be thirsty again…I assure you: ANYONE who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.”
-John 6:35 (emphasis mine)

I can only imagine the earnestness in His eyes, breath strained with the weight of these words. His physical body, our bread, would be beaten, stripped, whipped, speared, chained, and broken, so we could partake and never be hungry again.

The offering of Jesus would be blessed by the Father and multiplied for ALL who believe. I will never fathom this gift—not in my wildest dreams. But we don’t have to understand; we have only to receive.


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77 thoughts on "I am the Bread of Life"

  1. Ashley says:

    Although I’m trying to convert to a more gluten-free lifestyle, I do love bread. And carbs in general. Can’t we just pray the calories out of carbs before we eat them? On a more serious note, Jesus’ physical body, our bread, would be beaten, stripped, whipped, speared, chained, and broken, so we could partake and never be hungry again. He is the bread of life; a bread that I could never go without. I cannot fathom what Christ did for my sins, and I know that I don’t have to understand, I only need to receive.

    Receiving Christ’s love is so essential. If we cannot receive His love, we cannot give out Christ-like love. That means our humanly love has limits. I want to love without limits, like Christ loved; however, in order to do that, I first need to receive. I’ve said this before, but I love it: we cannot dispense unconditional love out of our own being; we can only receive it from Christ and then dispense it–we are not the creator of that kind of love.

    I was raised in a household where the bar was always set high. I should ‘reach for the gold ring’ because, why settle for less? I can always be better and do better, because that is my destiny. But what if Christ loves me, just as imperfect as I am right now, and couldn’t love me anymore than He does right now? Well, the great news is that HE DOES! Jesus loves me just the way I am, and He wants me to receive that. I need to get better at receiving His abundant love so I can love others deeper.

  2. Lindsey says:

    I’m thankful that Jesus is able to see all my needs. He knows exactly what I need and when I need it. I’m so grateful for shereadstruth and the way you put God’s word into perspective for me. He truly is The Bread of Life!

  3. DA says:

    I LOVED this devotional SO much. I’d heard “Jesus is the bead of life” my whole life, but it never clicked like it did until i read this. (:

  4. Tamara B says:

    Ephesians 3:20 spoke to me. God is able to do far more than we think or ask! We know our God is allmighty, and still we underestimate God’s power. I don’t know if I will start praying for bigger things now, but it sure is something to think about.

  5. Amen! Loving this study so much. Helping me fall more and more in love with our sweet Savior!

  6. Megan says:

    Beyond thankful for this study and the community here in the comments section. Thank you everyone for your words today! So many of them spoke to me.

  7. Pamela says:

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  8. Pamela says:

    Got my first beautiful cards today for international fwomens dwomen’s day from Rusdian frien from

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