Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Bread of Life Doesn't Spoil

Recently, we had a storm come through our city that knocked out the power for over 5,000 homes which included mine. We brought out candles and flashlights so we would not stumble in throughout the night. As we were heading to bed, I noticed the power came back on for across the street. I thought we would get power back on in a matter of minutes.

I woke up the next morning and we still had no power. The power did not come back to our home until that afternoon. Our house suffered no damage nor were we inconvenienced one bit. However, since the power was off for more than four hours, we had to throw food out of our refrigerator. How many of you have done that? Its not fun especially after you made a trip to the grocery store.

As I was thinking about this, I am grateful to God that we have spiritual food that does not spoil and that is the Bread of Life. When you go to the grocery store, most products have an expiration date. Some more readable than others, but its there. Our food spoils, but the food God gives does not spoil.

Jesus said, "Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal" (John 6:27). The people listening to Jesus asked him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat'" (John 6:30-31).

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world" (John 6:32-33). Who wouldn't want that bread? That is what the people wanted, but Jesus gives them a different answer, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst" (John 6:35).

Jesus is the Bread of Life that gives life to those who believe. Jesus even said that the will of God is "that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:40). Everyone who looks to the Son and believes will be saved. This is why the gospel is powerful. This offer does not spoil. Yes, there is an expiration date, but only when it is in the predetermined plan of God.

This food does not spoil when the power goes off. We don't need to throw it out. This food is offered to all who believe. For us who do believe, we can always go back for more especially when the cares of the world fall upon us. Especially when we have stumbled along the way.

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