I am the Bread of Life. These are words you’ve probably heard at some point, especially if you were brought up in Church like me. But, if you are like me, that was probably just in one ear and out the other. What does it actually mean and what does it have to do with me and you?
Jesus makes this claim right after he finishes feeding 5,000 people actual loaves of bread. After thinking about that for a minute, it became interesting that He chooses this moment to mention that He is the Bread of Life. He tells his audience that there is more, that there is something better. This new Bread wouldn’t be like any other bread. It would sustain and provide a different kind of nutrition.
In the message about Jesus saying that He was the gate, Benjamin taught that Jesus’ gate lead to freedom. Open pastures lie ahead for those who choose to embrace the simple freedom offered. That sounds like great news. We can have freedom to move through open pastures and enjoy what we have been given. But, it gets even better. Not only do we get to experience freedom offered, we get to have a sustaining and filling meal while we enjoy.
I love how this connects here. Freedom with a plan for sustenance. Jesus doesn’t invite us into the green pasture to wander around and run out of provisions. He sends us with a plan to have some food. Sometimes we share it with others who have chosen freedom. Sometimes it’s shared with us along the way. And, sometimes we eat in the presence of our enemies. My hope for all of us is that we will accept the invitation to move into freedom, equipped with bread that will sustain us on our journey and provide the abundant life that Jesus speaks of.
This post was inspired by a message spoken at Element Church that can be found here.