Coming Down from Heaven

For the bread of God is he who cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

John 6:33 KJV

Coming down from Heaven is the light that breaks through the darkness of the storm. When we see it with our own eyes, there is hope for a bright sunny day. Recent events in America such as Covid-19, civil riots, and domestic terrorism has put a lot of people on edge. The shocking events of the violent break-in at the U.S. Capital on January 6th bought on the concern for the safety of other U.S. citizens at the White House. This was not a peaceful demonstration. When your fellow citizens life is endangered, it is no laughing manner. Darkness and evil are present when violence takes place for its motivation is to bring ruin and destruction. The U.S. Capital symbolizes the American people as a whole and not one individual or group. Those at the U.S. Capital were voted in by the people to ensure the purpose of creating peaceful and prosperous communities in their hometown or cities.

Let us consider that it is a thief that comes to steal, kill, and destroy. We know this to be true throughout human history. Even in the Bible Jesus himself states what a thief does in John 10:10 then Jesus goes on to state that He came to bring us life. This life is a life of love and not death. “This is the work of God, that we believe on him whom he hath sent,” John 6:29. Jesus came to save man and not to destroy man [see Luke 9:56]. If we believe that there is a God, then we should believe on the one who came down from heaven to save the world. Jesus is the living bread that came down from heaven [see John 6:51]. The living bread is alive and not dead. He is continually giving life. We cannot comprehend it, let alone fully understand the meaning how Jesus is the living life for all humanity. Especially if we have tendencies towards hatred, unforgiveness, and bent on destroying someone‚Äôs life to get even.

We have laws in place because of those who are lawless and disobedient. The apostle Paul talks about this in 1st Timothy chapter one. If we lose our moral compass, we lose the peaceful coexistence within society. We do not have a pure heart or a good conscience anymore. What does a person do to change this condition of living in darkness? Let us consider what the apostle Paul exclaims in Romans 13.

Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Romans 13:9-12, KJV

We are to put on the armor of light. That light that shines in a dark place. That light who is Jesus, who came down from heaven to save our souls. Salvation is near to each person. Today is the day of Salvation. We repent and ask Jesus to save us from the darkness that has taken over our soul. We renounce all evil deeds in Jesus name. We ask forgiveness and for Jesus to heal our soul from hatred, abuse, and any other evil deeds. We ask for Jesus to come and purify our hearts and cleanse us from all sins and to clear our conscience. We ask Jesus to bring in His love into our heart and to help us to walk in the light of His Love. We ask Jesus to help us to walk in love since it is the fulfilling of the law. Praise be to God for His Son Jesus, who is the final sacrifice for the world and deliverer of mans sins. He gives humanity eternal life. Let us put on the armor of light that came down from Heaven.

I Am the Living Bread

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?