I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.John 6:51 KJV
“I am the living Bread,” stated Jesus, but what does that mean? What makes bread so wonderful? Let’s just think about homemade bread fresh from the oven. The smell of the bread permeates the house and brings a hunger to partake of its richness of the flavor of its grain. If we look at the ingredients of bread, which is grain, water, and salt, we will find that these ingredients speak symbolically of who Christ is. These words were said after the feeding of five thousand from the five barley loaves. Those five thousand people ate and were filled from what they received. It was a wonderful miracle and one of many done by Christ.
When we are hungry, we want to be filled of the substance that gives us life. Whole grain bread is known for its nutrients. Whole grain has higher fiber and antioxidants, and it has been known to lower cholesterol levels and reduce chronic inflammation, which has been linked to cancer and heart disease. Jesus exclaims in verse 32 and 33 that his father gives to those the true bread from heaven and that bread comes down from heaven to give life to the world. It was the Father’s will to send Jesus as the bread that would give life to the world. This incredible statement was hard to swallow for those who heard it so many years ago. Even today, we can not conceive it in our minds let alone our hearts to believe such a statement. How can we eat of this bread and not die?
To make bread, you must ground the grain into flour, and then you add water, salt, and yeast. Jesus is the grain, water, and salt, for God has put all things under Christ’s feet [see 1 Corinthians 15:27]. The water is symbolic of water baptism and the Holy Spirit that signifies the cleansing from all things that is contrary to the meaning of what love is and all that is evil in the world. Yeast is the active ingredient that makes the bread rise. However, yeast is often associated with sin because the word leaven in the Bible means fermented yeast, which in Hebrew means to be pungent. Fermenting yeast greedily devours things and is associated with extortion.
Humanity in general seems to ferment like yeast and devours its environment. Greedy for specific resources without thinking about the consequences of others or future generations. The word extortion is trying to get something through force such as blackmail. We are witnessing this more and more within society. The division between the have and have not. The inequality within society through race, religion, and income. Just bear in mind that inequality is regulated through specific policies within governing agents around the world. This is one reason why we must pray for our leaders, so we can lead an quiet and peaceable life [see 1 Timothy 2:2].
Do we need this living bread that came down from heaven? The answer is “YES.” Man needs a sincere conversion from the sin of selfishness, greed, and all the other evil characteristics that plague humanity like disease. Through Christ we have the everlasting life and forgiveness of all our sins. We have the assurance of new life working through our mortal bodies and a future life of immortality where death is swallowed up in victory [see 1Corinthians 15:54]. This is what the born-again experience is all about. It is what Ezekiel states in chapter 36 verses 25 through to 27. We are to have a new heart and be cleansed from all things that has held us in bondage for so many years.
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out for your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep mine ordinances, and do them.Ezekiel 36:26-27 KJV
Christ becomes our living bread and resides within our hearts through the Holy Spirit. We are changed into the image of Christ in our daily actions. This is the daily process of surrendering our will to that of Christ. The dying of self to live for Christ. The food we need is Christ, for He gives us eternal life. I pray that you believe and receive this new life into your heart and mind. “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent,” [John 6:29]. The living bread not only gives us life, but it nurtures humanity towards what love is. The living bread fortifies a lasting relationship with God and mankind. I find this a miracle in itself that mankind can be changed through the power of Christ sacrifice on the cross. Will you partake of the living bread?