“The Bread of Life”
“Christ had been exiled to Sunday mornings in our lives…We build him a temple but we live in our own houses… We must recognize that He makes fundamental claims on our entire being. We scarcely understand Him if we concede to Him merely one province of our spiritual life, but rather only if our life takes its orientation from him alone… The religion of Christ is not the tidbit after the bread; it is the bread itself, or it is nothing.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
What, then is the meaning of Bread?
- A main source of sustenance.
- Provision, emphasizing our dependence on God for sustenance. “Give us this day our daily bread” (Mt. 6:11). “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Dt. 8:3).
- Hospitality–the breaking of bread.
- Unity in Christ. “For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread” (1 Cor. 10:17).
- Remembrance and Celebration (Communion). “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor. 11:26).
- “Bethlehem” = “house of bread” in Hebrew. “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body'” (Mk. 14:22).
- The Living God. (John 6:26-40)
In the midst of the world, it’s easy to let my thinking get twisted around so that I am at the center, and not Christ. He has not come into my life to assist me in my petty plans. He redeemed me, and He has an absolute claim on my entire, redeemed soul, and on my entire life. He is my sustenance, my provision, my bread of life, my living God. Christ is not the tidbit after the bread; He is the bread of life itself. He deserves nothing less than to be the very center of my entire being, with my complete and worshipful submission.