When we were in Peru to adopt our daughter, the apartment we stayed in was across the street from a bakery. The smell of fresh bread baking was enticing and hard to resist. Of course, it was not just bread, it was sweet rolls, cakes and other goodies that we bought and consumed, much more than we needed, so that it contributed to my weight gain of 10 pounds during my eight week stay there. As the old saying goes, “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips!”
When Jesus revealed himself to be the bread from heaven, he reminded his followers that the miraculous manna that God had provided the Israelites in the wilderness was temporary physical nourishment. Even with that bread, provided by God himself, they would die.
Jesus is the bread that came down from heaven, the bread that does not linger on the hips but provides nourishment to eternal life. Eat of this bread, and receive the promise that comes through Christ, the son of God, his body broken for us, his blood shed for us so that we might live. This is the promise of resurrection we celebrate, the bread that truly gives life.
Prayer: Lord, help me to cherish the bread of life that nourishes me and brings me to eternal life with you. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Marty Ramey, Interim Pastor at Salem Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.