Today I am pondering bread. Let me string some thoughts together here, and maybe we can figure this out together.
Jesus seems to use the bread metaphor two ways.
Sometimes, He likens the Word of God to bread, like this:
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’” – Matthew 4:4
And then there is the picture He paints later in His ministry and at the Last Supper of bread, specifically the bread of communion, or in context the bread of the Passover supper, as His body.
While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” – Matthew 26:26
John calls Him 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
And Jesus Himself tells us He 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
Then He takes it step further:
“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.” …. So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.” – John 6:51-53
Let’s ponder this together this weekend. I will be writing about this next week, but I would love your take on how these two metaphors work together.
Oh – and let’s not forget when we get to the bread being Christ’s body, we are also called the Body of Christ!
What ideas does this stir up in you?
See you soon.