Bread of Life

 

But Jesus  answered to the devil: “It is written, Men shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Mathew 4:4

Dear readers,

Jesus could have become the bread king! Turning stones into bread - a sensational proposal for the Son of God! Jesus would have gone down in history as the only one who ever achieved this miracle. Not just turning water into wine during a wedding party, but generating bread for the world. This is what mankind is waiting for, until this very day.

Jesus resists a diabolical temptation. Not because he was hard-hearted against starving people. Jesus wants more than a full stomach. Jesus lives entirely from obeying his Father´s will. To his disciples he later says:  “My food is to do what my Father has sent me to do. My food is to complete his work” (John 4, 34).

Jesus´ mission was to obey God´s will. He is completely filled with this purpose in his life. His first priority is not a full stomach, but a life filled with God's love. A life filled with forgiveness and reconciliation. Which is filled with charity and mercy. That is filled with respect in front of God.

This together was important to the first Christians. They saw the injustice done to the weak in their community. (Acts 6: 1).  A menu service was organized quickly. Deacons were entrusted with the distribution of food. Mercy had won.

But the apostles also realized that their fellow human beings needed the word of God at the same urgency as a warm meal. Their wise decision: “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God while we are doing the service on the tables.” -   “We will see our priority both in prayers and in the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:4)

Today the church of the Lord Jesus needs both: the service for the poor and the word of God for all.

I know of people who have money and wealth - but an empty heart. I know of destinies in which people desperately searched for the meaning in their lives. They were simply tired of their lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ says: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go away hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35). He who receives Jesus Christ into his life will become full. Satisfied by the peace he provides. Satisfied by the kindness of our God.  Satisfied by God's grace.

When we celebrate the Holy Communion in my church on Sunday mornings, we are guests at the table of our Lord Jesus. We hold hands with each other, receive our Lord´s blessings and depart as blessed individuals into our everyday life.

There is no “bread – King” in our midst, but rather a “King” who died  for us on the cross on  Golgotha hill out of love for us. Jesus fulfilled the will of the Father in heaven. There he completed what he was sent for.

I wish you a blessed week filled with the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Saturated with his word, which will give new life.

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