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Most of us eat bread daily. This simple object lesson can plant an anchor into our memory to connect the object of bread to thoughts of "The Bread of Life" - Jesus! Even in the busyness of life, object lessons are a great tool to help us keep our focus on the eternal, on Kingdom Life!
I LOVE how God works! I was thinking about what direction to take this object lesson for adults and the following song came on; it's actually a Christmas song, but the lyrics are perfect for every day! Take a quick listen if you can, and then we'll talk!
It caught my attention because it talks about God's love coming down and our praise going up. In our verse today (one of His seven "I AM" statements), Jesus calls Himself the "Bread of Life."
Just a few verses back He explains more:
"For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world." John 6:33
Back in chapter one of John and verse 14, it says -
"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Jesus, the Bread of Life...God in flesh, stepped down out of Heaven and came to earth in the form of man to live among us. His love for us caused Him to lay aside His majesty and glory for a time, to walk in our shoes, and to reveal Himself to us...that we might see with our eyes and touch with our hands. To show He is real and He is near!
I love to bake sourdough bread. Bread just seems to complete a meal. My daddy used to call it the "staff of life." This "Bread of Life" though is meant to sustain more than our physical bodies; it represents the gift of Christ's life. As He took part in the Passover meal with His disciples -
"And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." Luke 22:19
He came down from Heaven giving His very life for us...and we are to remember. Today as we eat or see any type of bread, may it cause us to remember all He has done for us and be thankful. May our praises go up!
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