“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.” John 6:35
If you were asked who you are , how would you respond? Would you have a short answer or would you have the need to give a more detailed answer. Jesus would find it hard to tell everyone that he was God in the flesh so he used several ways to explain who he was.
The first part that Jesus uses is that he is the bread of life. Bread was thought of as any type of food that would give nourishment needed for life. Here Jesus is using the term for a bread that is thin and round, with no yeast in it (leaven). This bread is made to be broken never cut. It would be used at the passover meal. To use a knife on this bread would have meant that you were cut off from God. By referring himself to the bread of life he was reminding them of the manna that came down from heaven in the Exodus. “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” John 6: 32, 33.
Jesus now takes the bread of life from the physical realm and gives it a spiritual meaning. Just as bread gives us our physical nourishment so the bread of Jesus gives us our spiritual nourishment. This bread gives us our spiritual life. (According to the Strong’s Greek Lexicon that I use.) As the nourishment of our spiritual life, we will never hunger or thirst after righteousness. At the last supper, Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God, and gave it to the disciples. He said that this bread signified his body which was broken for them. His life was given that we might have eternal life. Revelation 3: 20 tells us that if we will let Jesus into our lives he we live in us. As we partake of the bread that he gives us we will never hunger nor thirst after righteousness.
As we imitate Christ we have the privilege of offering the bread of Christ to those we meet. How do we do this? It is through the gifts that God has given us through the Holy Spirit, who empowers us. What if we do not know the gifts that we have? We start by doing what we like to do the most. Do we like to sing, or teach, or talk to others, or write? What ever we do, do as unto the Lord. By doing this we will find our gifts.
The gifts that God has given me has changed over the years. It depends on what is going on in my life and what I think that God has called me to do. The gifts that I have today is preparing me for the gifts God will give me in the future. Your gifts will be different than mine so that we can reach more people for Christ. God may give you many gifts or he may give you just one gift. What ever that gift is do it for God.
God bless you as you imitate Christ.