I am the bread of life

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In the Gospel of John we find seven metaphors expressed as “I am” statements regarding the identity of the Son of God:

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.”

I am the light of the world.

I am the door to the sheep.

I am the Good Shepherd.

I am the resurrection and the life.

I am the way, the truth, and the life.

I am the true vine; you are the branches.

The Verse of the Day for December 3, 2016 is the first of these seven metaphors found in John 6:35 in the New King James Version:

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

Bread is said to represent food which sustains life. As the “bread of life” Jesus provides nourishment and sustenance for anyone who comes to him. In a message to the New York University Bible Fellowship, Sahaed H. comments, “When we are hungry, it is because there is an emptiness in our stomachs that should not be there, and we must fill that emptiness with food. In the same way, because of our broken relationship with our Father God our souls have been starving. But when we come to Jesus and believe in him, Jesus, the bread of life, fills that void and restores our relationship with Father God. Then we can be truly satisfied from all our hunger.”

Bread

The photo displays a hearty brown bread which is also called the “staff of life” or a basic food that supports life. Some form bread is found in virtually every culture around the world.

Reflecting on this particular metaphor, inspired the following poem:

The Bread of God

This is the bread which comes down

 from heaven, that a man may eat thereof,

and not die.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven:

if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever:

and the bread that I will give is my flesh,

which I will give for the life of the world.

John 6:50-51

Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,

 feed me till I want no more.

Guide Me, O, Thou Great Jehovah

Traditional Hymn

Food to sustain, the staff of life, our daily bread:

One of two elements of a New Testament,

Healing our mortal bodies to the fullest extent,

Those who partake never hunger, as Christ has said.

Unleaven bread of truth sanctified, set apart,

So this bread symbolizes Christ’s broken body,

Bruised, battered and wounded, as if for only me.

As I eat this bread and believe with all my heart

That Christ finished the work which was his bread, his food,

I partake of the bread of life and testify

Of bread from heaven that man may eat and never die,

For man is sustained by knowing that God is good.

The living bread was given to redeem and restore:

The bread of God comes down from heaven to give life;

The bread of peace fulfills our souls, dispels all strife.

Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.

The Fron Male Choir sing “Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer,” the great hymn by William and Peter Williams with its opening verse from which the closing line of the poem is taken.

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