John 6. 30-35
30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[c]”
32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Bread is never boring!
What do you eat every day?
I know most days I have toast for breakfast there is nothing better than
Bread is something that we take for granted, but I wonder what life would be like without it?
All over the world bread is eaten – it is a staple part of our diet. It has been eaten though out history as well and is mentioned in the bible –
God gave the people of Israel ‘manna’ from heaven. A sweet bread so they wouldn’t die from hunger so they would be able to keep going until they reached the promised land.
When we come to the Jesus, he tells us that he is the bread of life. He is ‘manna’ sent by God to feed us but not in a physical way but spiritually if we feed on Jesus then we will be able to live our lives fully fed and able to reach the promised land – heaven.
Sometimes like bread we take Jesus for granted, we get caught up in the other delights in life. We get distracted by cream cakes and steak and chips..
Sometimes we might think I’m bored of bread, and you go off and try something else. But after a little while you realise that you have only got to smell fresh bread or toast cooking then you long for it again. It’s a bit like this with Jesus, there are times in our lives when we don’t go to church, we think it doesn’t matter – maybe it seems boring when other exciting stuff is happening. Like football or dancing, or any number of other things. But actually when things are difficult it’s not football or dancing or anything else - we turn to it is Jesus.
It is said that when life becomes difficult even those that don’t believe pray, just in case.
Bread is an every day essential like prayer. Prayer should be an essential part of our lives. It’s not about fancy long complicated prayers. Whilst Bread comes in different forms, flavours, thickness but no matter what’s added it is still down to earth and essential. So should prayer be. Down to earth like you are talking to a friend and essential something we do every day.
I think the Hebrews had it right when they had prayers for every part of their daily life. Thank you God for waking me this morning. Thank you God for this wonderful toast. Thank you God for the roads that aren’t busy. Thank you God for the lady that brings the coffee. Even Thank you God that I can go to the toilet….
Bread is something to be eaten alone and to be shared, and everyone is welcome to share in the bread of life. But to make that possible we have some special breads like Gluten free. This bread is glued together differently. You have to add xantham gum for it to bake like bread. Otherwise it just crumbles. We are like that when we don’t have Jesus in our lives our faith begins to crumble but Jesus will be there for us and help glue us back together so once again we can share in the bread of life.
Bread fills us, it makes us feel comforted, it’s every day but special, it’s something we turn to when we are hungry..
Jesus tell us.. ‘I am the bread of life’ and today I thank God for the bread of life, that comforts me, is there for me every day, but is the Son of God, and that fills me when I feel completely empty.
An activity today could be finding out the different kinds of bread. Perhaps bring a selection of bread to your class. Ask the children what bread they like best.
If you are feeling adventurous why not make bread.
Or make toast and eat it together, sharing what their favourite toppings are..
Enjoy the bread of life – there is nothing more satisfying.. J