What’s the connection between Jesus and bread?
Throughout the Bible, bread is exemplified as an honorary gift, as sustenance, as a basis for fellowship among friends and as a dietary staple.
Let’s explore a few of these examples.
Genesis 18:5-6 tells us Abraham welcomed his Heavenly visitors by saying, “I will bring a piece of bread so that you may refresh yourselves.” Abraham then turned to his wife, Sarah, and asked her to “quickly prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it, and make cakes.”
Joseph was supernaturally used of God to stock pile grain in preparation for a seven year famine. In doing so, he saved the lives of his family! Jesus said if we come to Him, which means to have a relationship with Him, that we will never hunger. He will meet all our needs!
Don’t you enjoy leisurely dining with good friends? Jesus did, also! The New Testament is replete with stories of Jesus eating bread with His disciples at the beach, on long journeys, or at the home of friends. Jesus, in Luke 19, even invited Himself over to Zaccheus’ house! In short, He enjoyed sharing meals with those He loved. Jesus wants to fellowship with us – and for us to fellowship with Him – as that Bread of Life!
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the twelve Disciples, the Apostle Paul and Peter – all Biblical giants – enjoyed bread as a daily food. To me, this hugely symbolizes the benefit of a not-just-church-on-Sunday relationship with Jesus. It’s impossible to have relationship without fellowship. That’s one reason why Jesus taught us to pray, “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.
The multiplicity of Biblical parallels between Jesus and bread could not fully be expounded in one post. And yet, I hope this has encouraged you to search them out more fully. What a wonderful meal to partake of the Bread of Life!
“I am the Bread of Life;
whoever comes to me shall not hunger,
and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
The words of Jesus, John 6:35.
That’s the connection.
With love and butter,