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Stone Becoming Bread

Stone becoming BreadJesus our spiritual food was of far greater importance than our physical nourishment. The Devil tempted Jesus in Matthew 4.2-4, "After fasting forty days and forty nights, Jesus was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, 'If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.' Jesus answered, 'It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.''" Jesus answered from Deuteronomy 8.3, "He (God) humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." The "Bread of life" meant literally "bread that is living" or "bread that gives life."

My Flesh is Real Food

WaferJesus explained in extremely graphic and non Jewish terms in John 6.55, "For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink." This saying of Jesus became the basis of the Roman Catholic belief in transubstantiation or the change of substance by which the bread and wine at the Mass were believed to become the body and blood of Christ. The Protestant view hinged on the words, "do this in remembrance of me." The Communion was therefore a memorial of Jesus great act of suffering and reconciliation at the cross and the elements of blood and body. For the Christian however, though the manna in the wilderness spoiled after one or two days, our spiritual bread never goes moldy for our spiritual food is Jesus himself.✞

Always Jesus Christ

Jonathan GoforthThis truth was illustrated by the first Canadian Presbyterian missionary to China Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936 AD). He once spoke in a chapel in Southern China, and afterwards a man asked to speak with him. "I have heard you talk three times, and you always have the same theme. You always talk of Jesus Christ. 'Why?' Jonathan replied, 'Sir, before answering your question, let me ask, 'What did you have for dinner today?''"

My Very Life

Rice"Rice," replied the man. "What did you have yesterday?" "The same thing." "And what do you expect to eat tomorrow?" "Rice, of course. It gives me strength. I could not do without it. Sir, it is" (the man hesitated as if looking for a strong word) then added, "Sir, it is my very life!" The missionary responded quickly, "What you have said of rice, Jesus is to my soul! Jesus is spiritual food like the rice or the bread of life to those who trust in him."

"Jesus Spiritual Food"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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