THE BREAD OF LIFE Thursday 6 October

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35).

READ: John 6:31-35

One of the titles of our Lord Jesus Christ is Bread of Life. “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35). What you eat is very important. It is commonly said, ‘You are what you eat’. In other words, what you eat has a way of determining what you will become. One staple food in most homes today is bread. Both the poor and the rich have access to bread. However, it is the money at your disposal that determines the type of bread you get. ‘Agege bread’ for example, is the one most common with the poor. The nicely sliced ones, in contrast, are the ones eaten by the rich. In spite of the cost, bread is bread, and it is regular food for both the rich and the poor.

During the temptation of Jesus recorded in Matthew 4:3-4, the Lord spoke of two types of bread—the physical and the spiritual. The physical bread is meant to sustain the human body, while the spiritual bread is meant to sustain the spirit. Just as everyone needs food to live daily, so also do saved souls need God’s Word to live a successful Christian life.

One implication of Jesus Christ as the Bread of life is that He is relevant to the spiritual life of every human being. Anyone who wants to attend to his or her spiritual life cannot successfully do so without Jesus. There is no salvation without Jesus. Religion is man’s attempt to cultivate a relationship with God. However, Jesus Christ is God’s way to establish a relationship with man. Man’s attempt will fail because God has his own approved way. Are you interested in serving the true and living God? Do you want your religious commitments and sacrifices to be recognized by God? Then, you must cultivate friendship with Jesus Christ by accepting that you are a sinner, repenting of your sinful lifestyle, asking for His forgiveness and inviting Him into your heart as your Lord and personal Saviour. Jesus Christ is connected with all His creation. He is the Bread of life. If you must have true spiritual life, then you cannot do without Him. Any spiritual activity without Jesus will put you farther away from God. Do you have Jesus? How close are you to the Lord?

The one who has access to bread but fails to eat will starve to death. Refusing to study the Bible leads to spiritual starvation. Jesus is the only bread that satisfies spiritual hunger. Eat his word everyday.
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