Is Jesus your favorite carb?!
Here’s a recipe to whet your appetite for the Living Bread!
Bread of Life
What a tremendous metaphor! Exploring the depth of it never fails to challenge and inspire me.
Growing to know the Bread of Life, Jesus, more and more is the whole purpose of my existence.
I love it!
I enjoy it!
I look forward to it!
My relationship with Jesus is the foremost relationship in my life and it infiltrates every single aspect of how I live and think. This brings me such steadiness – such identity – such peace, joy, security and hope.*
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the twelve Disciples, the Apostle Paul and Peter – all Biblical heroes – enjoyed bread as a daily food. Jesus is likened to the only Bread that satisfies. This specifically symbolizes the benefit of a not-just-church-on-Sunday connection time with Jesus. It points to relationship! And…
It’s impossible to have relationship without fellowship
That’s one reason why Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:11, “Give us this day our daily bread.” He wants us to feast with Him daily.
When we read the Bible, when we talk to God in prayer, when we consider what God says and obey it, when we acknowledge Him first in all we do, we are living in relationship with Jesus. We are savoring that dietary staple we so desperately need, the Bread of Life!
Let’s welcome Jesus into our lives as our daily bread
Jesus came to show you the Heavenly Father, who happens to delight in spending time with you, hearing you express your thoughts, concerns and joys to Him!
Heres a “recipe,” so to speak, to help you learn how to practice having an everyday relationship with Jesus. You can look up these ingredients (verses) in your Bible or on your Bible App.
Spending time with Jesus is not as high and lofty as you might think! You can approach Him yourself…anytime and anyplace!
Recipe for the “Bread of Life”**
- Wheat – Psalm 81:16, Matthew 3:12, Matthew 13:24-30, John 12:24
- Oil – Hebrews 1:9, James 5:14
- Honey – Psalm 81:16, Psalm 119:103, Proverbs 16:24
- Salt – Matthew 5:13, Colossians 4:6
- Yeast – Matthew 13:33, Galatians 5:9, 1 Corinthians 5:7-13
1. Mix Ingredients
“Therefore, I remind you to stir up the gift of God, which is in you by the laying on of my hands.” 2 Timothy 1:6 MEV
2. Knead Until Dough is Well Formed and Mature
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be weary of His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father the son in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11 MEV
“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound; everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, boy to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me!” Philippians 4:12-13 KJV
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon learn from Me. For I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 MEV
“Therefore a rest remains for the people of God.” Hebrews 4:9 MEV
4. Bake (With Fire)
“…He (Jesus) is like a refiners’s fire” Malachi 3:2 TOLV
“Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah 48:10 NASB
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold which perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7 KJV
5. Eat, Be Nourished and Feed Others
“O taste and see the the Lord is good…” Psalm 34:8
“I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” John 6:51 NASB
May these ingredients inspire you to explore the rich parallels between the bread we eat and the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ, who is the only Way and the only Truth.
With love and butter,
*If this has not been your experience, please do message me. I’d so love to visit.
**Adapted from Institute of Basic Life Principles Basic Care Bulletin
Caryl McAdoo says
Love, love, love your post, Jessica! AND it is so true–of course! 🙂 I haven’t forgotten those recipes for you. 🙂 Love and hugs and be blessed!
The Bread Believer says
Thank you! It means so much to have you read TBB!
Tina Rice says
Jessica, this it the first time I have been on your blog. I want to say that I love this post. It gives a perfect picture of the Bread of Life.
The Bread Believer says
Tina, Thank you; your kind words make my day! It really is special to have others read The Bread Believer and therein find encouragement – and hopefully, a smile – from doing so! It’s been a tremendous blessing for me to learn more about the Bread of Life, and then convey those beautiful Truths to others! Hope you return often! With love and butter, Jessica
Margaret Kazmierczak says
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant I love your blog. So much bread for thought. Thank you.
The Bread Believer says
Thank you, Margaret! “Bread for thought” – I like the way you worded that! Hope you partake of the Bread of Life often! With love and butter, Jessica