Bread of Life


Theme:  “The Bread of Life” is a sermon interpretation of John 6:24-35.

I recently visited our grocery store and discovered that the row of bread in our grocery store is seven shelves high and forty-five feet long. This forty-five foot row of bread is divided as follows and I believe that this division may be similar to your grocery store. At the far right, are all the very sweet breads such as Ding Dongs, Twinkies, Zingers, Brownies, and Powered Puffies. The next set of breads are the bagels and I find that bagels come in many different flavors and tastes. The next set of breads are the buns. These are numerous hot dog buns and hamburger buns. Next came the rolls. There were hard rolls, French rolls, sour dough rolls and a host of other rolls that often appear at our dinner table when my wife is serving a more formal dinner. Then, after thirty feet of these breads, come the actual loaves of bread. I discovered that there were twelve grain breads, nine grain breads, eight grain breads, and the numbers of grains slowly declined until I got to the Wonder Bread which must have had no grains in it at all. Thus ended the forty-five feet of the bread section in our family superstore and we are reminded of the fact that America is often called the “breadbasket of the world.”

Jesus is at the grocery stores of our lives, in all those common and public places that we visit everyday. The bank. The post office. The highway. And we need to be people of gentle love, compassionate love for everyone. The bread of life and energy of love needs to be living inside of all of us as we visit all those public places in our lives each day.

“What does today’s scripture teach about bread?”

God desires all people around the globe to have enough daily bread to nourish their lives. The word, “give,” reminds us that all bread comes from God and that bread is a gift of sunshine, rain, good soil, weather, and the atmosphere above the earth which allows the miracle of bread to happen. No person could ever make a loaf of bread if God had not been generous with these gifts of nature.

Many people around the globe are malnourished. God wants us to have a daily and appropriate portion of bread for the best health of all human beings. Bread” is a symbol of food and our daily needs.

Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life. It is human nature to work very hard to put food onto the table and pay all the bills that make for our survival. We all know about the symbolic statement of “gotta put the food on the table” which means to pay all bills in order to survive.

People work so hard to get ahead financially and materially that we human beings often slip into thinking that food and prosperity are the primary sources of our happiness. We human beings slowly  discover the truth that genuine happiness is not found in money and material goods. As human beings, we work so hard for the things of this world which quickly run down, break down, rust, crumble and corrode. Everything does.

So Jesus says, do not consume yourselves with accumulating the temporary material goods that quickly disappear. They are like bread that begins to get moldy after a few days.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. “I am the bread of life.” Jesus Is like fresh bread, warm, soft, nourishing. Consume yourself with nourishing bread, with the nourishment of Christ, and never go hungry again.

Whenever we eat, absorb Jesus the Bread of Life, listen to his teachings, live out the words and actions of Christ, live out the values of Christ, Jesus lives in us and we are promised life eternal.

The basic food staple of the world is bread. Jesus is the basic spiritual staple . As we consume physical bread, it gives us nourishment and energy for our physical lives. As we consume Jesus’ spiritual teachings, his grace, his forgiveness, his love, his indwelling presence nourishes us spiritually, energizes us to put faith into action.

Jesus is the Bread of Life, offering nourishment and strength to all.