Tenth Sunday after Pentecost August 2, 2015
The Best Bread
Why is it that the healthiest bread is the hardest for me to eat? Just the other day I commented to my wife how I didn’t like the whole wheat English muffin compared to the plain white variety we had the week before. We often prefer what tastes good over what is truly good.
The crowds enjoyed the fast food Jesus provided the day before, and they came back looking for more. Yes, the miraculous multiplication of bread was great, but it was a sign pointing to something greater—someone greater—Jesus, the eternal Bread of Life! Jesus wanted them to gain a refined palate and desire the soul-satisfying bread that was found in him alone.
He wants the same for us! We know that, in addition to bread, we live by “every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Every word of Jesus is a piece of heavenly bread that we need to live by. And how are we to hear and know his words, now that he has ascended? The Bible! The Bible is absolutely essential in order to know Jesus—what he did and what he said—and to walk closely with him as his disciples.
The people said to Jesus, “Give us this bread always” (John 6:34). The true bread was standing right there before them, not out of reach. Jesus has given us his word, and it’s not out of reach either. I believe Jesus is calling each of us to open our Bible—deliberately, devotionally, and daily. It is time for our spiritual appetite to match our physical appetite.
Oh, how much healthier we would be! Open the Bible each day. In step with Jesus you’ll stay!
Andy Kilps, pastor, Hope Moravian Church, Hope, Indiana