Bread

I read through this passage with my high school small group last night and it absolutely rocked our world.

27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

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.” John 6:27-35

Bread is something that these people would have eaten at every meal of the day.

Bread was basic to their very existence.

Bread sustained them.

Bread was all they needed.

Do we believe that Jesus is who He says He is?

Because if we do:

Jesus says He is the bread of life.

Jesus should be basic to our very existence.

Jesus sustains us.

Jesus is all we need.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51

 

Psalm 23

This summer in Africa, I got to spend three weeks with one of my heroes. Mr. Mooney and I were on a janky looking bus on the way from Jinja to Entebbe and we were talking about Christ. I asked Mooney what he had been learning from the Bible that summer. One of the things that I admire most about Mooney is his love for God’s word and his discipline in diving into the word every morning. So asking that question, I remember expecting a long response with multiple references to sections of the Bible I’ve never heard of. His response was so simple, “I’ve really been diving into Psalm 23.” Psalm 23? The one about the sheep and the valleys and stuff? I thought that they only taught that to 2nd graders. “Yeah, there’s a lot there.”

And there is. There’s so much in this short Psalm about who God is and what walking with Him looks like that I’m embarrassed I thought it had been relegated only to Awana class and Picture Bibles. Alright my words are done. Sola Scriptura from here on out.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. Psalm 23