“And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35 NKJV)
When I got up from our family Thanksgiving table, I felt like I had eaten enough bread (carbohydrates) to meet all the upcoming month’s allotment, plus some.
Several hours later, just prior to crawling under my cozy blankets, the Holy Spirit had one more bite of truth for me to digest: “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Matthew 4:4) Bread is sustained nourishment, but in the world of dieting, bread is the enemy. And yet in the spiritual world, bread is critical to sustaining life: God’s word, THE Word…Jesus Christ, the only answer to a lost and hurting world.
God’s Word, the Bible, is flawless, inerrant and infallible. Satan’s very first attack, in the Garden of Eden, was on the Word of God, asking “Did God indeed say…,” questioning God’s spoken Word. It is no wonder today His Word is questioned by our world. “Give us this day our daily bread” suggests we need truth. We need spiritual nourishment, a direct Word from God Himself, every day. When you and I don’t eat, we feel sick. We grow weak and tired. The same thing happens spiritually. “Bless be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits.” (Psalm 68:19 NKJV) God’s Word provides spiritual nourishment to maintain our spiritual bodies, equipping us to fulfill His plan and purpose for our lives. Without it, we simply walk around as malnourished Christians, unable to actively share Him with those who desperately need Him.
But there’s more. The Word of God isn’t just His spoken word on the pages of Scripture. The Word is Jesus Himself. Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:33-35). Jesus “is the living bread which came down from heaven and if anyone eats of THIS bread, He will live forever…” (John 6:51) When you and I read Scripture, we are taking in Jesus. The more we take in, the more of Jesus we receive and the more we can share with others.
In John 6:63-64 (NKJV), Jesus says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” This world is craving for more: They are starving for answers and filling the void in their soul with unreliable, faulty, deceptive food. As a result, people are left feeling even more unsettled and unsatisfied; this relentless cycle of nothingness eventually leads to spiritual death… eternal death.
As Christ followers, we have the sustaining bread, the spiritual nourishment to stop the cycle of starvation- Jesus Christ. And unless we feed them Jesus, authentic nourishment will dissipate, and death will occur.
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on The Nature of Christ's Kingdom on November 24th, 2018 - Watch Sermon