Sustained By The Bread of Life, Part 1, Advent Devotion #11
Editor’s Note: Come back tomorrow and Thursday for 5 ways to Feed on the Bread of Life First and 5 Ways to Feed Your Marriage and for my banana bread recipe this Christmas!
“Jesus said to the crowd, ‘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. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘always give us this bread.’ 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 6:32-35
REFLECT: Today’s JOY thought is taken from Think On It Devotions titled Bread of Life by Elizabeth Marks.
I love bread. I love everything about bread – its delicious goodness, its warmth, its coupling with butter (or cream cheese), its texture, and its fluffiness. Bread is the perfect way to round off any meal. I’m always looking for new bread recipes. I even have a board on Pinterest called How I Love Bread. Bread is filling and satisfying for me.
But there’s another kind of bread. This bread is the Bread of Life. This is what Jesus calls Himself in John 6. The Bible says this Bread gives life to the world. Now I can’t imagine a world without bread. I can’t imagine going any entire day without eating a bread-like substance. But even more so, we shouldn’t be going about any of our days without the Bread of Life. What’s the first thing you think of in the morning and the last thing you think of before bed? We desperately need to be filled – our lives are empty and meaningless otherwise. King David writes in Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” Do you thirst for God? Do you long for the Bread of Life?
What are you trying to fill your life with this Christmas? What occupies the majority of your time? What occupies your thoughts? What feeds your emotions? What gives you energy to get through the day? While I thoroughly enjoy my morning cup of coffee and pastry, that isn’t what sustains me all day.
Don’t be so overwhelmed with everything you have to do and everywhere you have to go and everyone you have to see that you replace your fill of Jesus with your fill of “Christmas materialism” or “Christmas commercialism” or “Christmas duties.” Sometimes I feel like the very life has been drained out of me, and I desperately need sustenance. It’s easy to get exhausted and stressed out during the holidays when your focus is on everything but Christ. It’s easy to turn to everything but God to satisfy you because pursuing a relationship with Christ takes hard work.
Jesus is our sustenance from God. God doesn’t just give us physical bread and food, but also spiritual bread and food, and through Jesus Christ, guarantees us eternal life. As Christians, we partake in the Body of Christ in the bread at the Lord’s Supper during communion. Last Sunday, my church did communion and as I was walking up to the front to receive the bread and juice, I prayed, “Lord, fill me.”
Be filled with Jesus Christ this Christmas. If you find yourself dragging, it’s time to spend time in the Word with the Bread of Life. Without Him, there is no life! Be filled with the Bread of Life – Jesus Christ who sustains you.
RESPOND: Pray Psalm 103:1-5 with me. “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits— who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
REJOICE: What are you joyful for today? I am joyful because of the delicious gift of bread (yum!), because of the gift of the Bread of Life, and because of the life-giving power of His Word.
Your Turn! Share 3 Things that you’re joyful for in the comments below. How are you filled with the Bread of Life this Christmas?