ST. John 6:33-34, (For the bread of God is he which cometh down from Heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore, give us this bread!).
SPIRITUAL FOOD IS THE WORD OF GOD:-
Man shall not live by bread alone.
The equilibrium of our human existence lies in the two-fold aspect of balance in both our natural and spiritual lives. That’s why the Bible says in:-
Deuteronomy 8:3, (And he humbled thee, suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with Man’-na, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.)
Just as much as the natural part of us need the natural food for the building up, strengthening and proper functioning of our bodies, the spiritual part of us need food too. However, the spirit man can not eat natural food, he/she needs spiritual food which is the word of God.
Jesus said he is the bread of life which came down from Heaven, as the word of God that became flesh. God is a Spirit being and our relationship with him is first spiritual, since we came out of him from creation. If a man who is first a spiritual being by the creativity of God, eats of the word from the mouth of the source of his creation(God) which is spirit, truth and life, he shall not die.
This is a fact based on the reality that our relationship with God is first spiritual and then manifests in the natural.
THE BREAD OF HIS BODY:-
Jesus gave his own body.
The bread that Jesus gave was his body when it was broken in death being crucified on the cross. By this way, the people of the world who accepts his gift of salvation may live forever, being pardoned from a life of sin. Jesus was both a sacrificial lamb to the slaughter and the conquering lion from the tribe of Judah. As the lamb of God he satisfied the judgment of God’s justice on sin.
The sins of the world being laid upon him, in his death God’s justice was met, because the wages of sin is death. However, at his resurrection, Jesus triumphed over sin, death and the grave as the conquering lion from the tribe of Judah. God, having raised him up from the dead that all who comes to him by faith and willingly allows him to transform their lives.
They will have the privilege of being translated from being dead in trespasses and sin (a type of death which means spiritual disconnection from God) unto everlasting life. This everlasting life includes the abundance of the one we are currently living on Earth and the promise of eternal life to come.
To a child of God, death has lost its sting and has only become a means of transition from time into eternity to begin his/her eternal existence in the presence of God.
WORSHIP IS A PART OF OUR PURPOSE OF CREATION:-
God designed us to worship him.
When God made man, he placed within him a spirit of worship. Man was designed with an unction to worship in satisfactory fulfillment only the living God, being made in his own image and likeness. We were divinely designed that way because everything God created in love and adoration of his handy work, reciprocates that love and adoration back to him through their existence.
The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handy works.
Especially humanity, being credited as God’s prize creation. In a sense you could say that God wired us to be complete only in him, and when people reject God and does not worship him. They struggle to reach the full completion of their existence as they try in vain to fill an empty void with other things, that only a relationship with God can fill.
That is why so many people try drugs, alcohol or other temporary fixes that produces happiness for the moment, but never a lasting joy. This is in efforts to fill that empty void within them, and they sometimes search for love in the wrong places. Yes!, there are lots of relationships and marriages that work and are blessed by the grace of God.
I can not deny that, but notice I said that they work by the grace of God, because God blesses marriages as they remind him of the union between himself and his church.
People all over the world and through the eons of time until now have been worshiping in different kinds of religions and various types of gods and are by their free will of choice, entitled to do so. However, I believe that most of them are in an effort to find their sense of purpose and to fill that hole within their inner-man, that was meant for only the true and living God who created us and put that desire there in the first place to fill.
Man was never designed to worship anything that he created with his own hands, or anyone that is less than his own creator. The whole duty of man is to worship God, and manage God’s resources in the Earth with dominion, power and authority.
ONLY JESUS CAN COMPLETE US:-
Only the bread of life can satisfy us.
Evermore! give us this bread!
Some people become workaholics, some become addicted to food and suffer obesity. Others choose alcohol, drugs or cigarettes as their favorite high. For some it is sex or music over indulgence, they become consumed with materialism, vanity, fortune and fame driven.
Most of which is done in an attempt to find a sense of worth and belonging, that as a person you matter in this world. It is hurtful to see people losing their sense of purpose because they lost their identity. If you lose your identity you will malfunction and fail to maximize your true potential in God, which is to walk in victory, power and success.
Having dominion and authority over the works of God’s hands as his prize creation. According to his divine power he has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, having called us unto glory and virtue through Christ Jesus. That’s why only Jesus can complete us and give us our sense of worth and purpose.
Only the bread of life can satisfy us, because human beings were created to be filled with God’s Spirit. When God is not at the center of their lives and ordering their steps in his word while they follow, they will desperately seek to fill that space with something or someone else.
God designed us in love to only be complete in him for our spiritual satisfaction and by his grace and mercy through trust and faith, he helps us find a compatible physical partner for our natural satisfaction. After all, when God made man. He himself said it was not good for the man to be alone.
Of course the man was not alone spiritually because he had an intense relationship with God, but physically God was not going to warm him up at nights. Giving him physical inter-relations (you know what I mean?) as was necessary for his human existence, he required a mate. So here comes Eve.
WE WILL FIND JOY UNSPEAKABLE AND FULL OF GLORY:-
In the cradle of his love.
God designed us in love to live, move, breathe and have our being in him, (Acts 17:28;(“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, “For we are also his offspring”).
After we have eaten of the bread of his word and are full, by application of it. Sin which is more than a single offense, an ongoing pattern and lifestyle, shall no longer have dominion over us.
Before Jesus saved us by making salvation possible with his crucifixion, and before we accept him into our hearts we were slaves to our sins with no way to break the chains. When we accept him, he broke every chain and fetters but sometimes we may still stumble and fall occasionally.
We sometimes even bruise our spiritual knees from the fall, but we can rise again because for the Christian, where sin once sat and reign on the throne of their lives unchallenged. Jesus now sits as Lord and King, bringing joy unspeakable and full of glory that the world couldn’t give and the world can’t take away.
Psalm 37:23-24, (“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”)
Romans 6:12 says, (“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”)
This does not mean that genuine Christians will not make mistakes. The Apostle John wrote in the second chapter of his first letter to the early church saying, “My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate (Lawyer) with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous.“
What an awesome God!
For his fallen creation he made Jesus our mediator to re-establish the connection with him. Then as his children through regeneration he made Jesus our advocate, that we can stand before him as the supreme judge, not in our own righteousness but in the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus.
OUR ADVOCATE:- Jesus Christ the righteous.
This means that our first priority is to abstain from sin, but if we fall, Jesus the bread of life and our advocate will step in as we repent and his blood plead our case before God in our favor. He supports us to get back up and start again because he has already paid the price for our sins.
That is why he is the bread of eternal life and we need his word as our spiritual food. Jesus came to give us life and freedom from the bondage of eternal death in separation from God. He said the thief (the devil) came to steal, kill and to destroy, but he came to give us life and for us to have it more abundantly.
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He sets us free from the filthy, unrighteous death rags that imprisoned us, and he covers us with the pure sinless robe of his own righteousness. Under the wings of his spotless blood we can trust and be justified. That is why evermore, we need this bread and will not settle for crumbs anymore. We want the whole loaf.
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