Jesus is the living bread, therefore coming in contact with him, experiencing him (which is what eating stands for) the effect is life for us.
The woman with the issue of blood experienced Jesus’ life when she touched him. Her issue of blood was stopped and she got healed (Luke 8:43-48).
When a Canaanite woman came to him asking that he heal her daughter tormented by the devil, Jesus described himself as bread (Matthew 15:22-28), saying it is not good to give the children’s bread to dogs, reluctant to give her attention. Jesus revealed himself in that conversation to be the giver of life specifically meant for those who are connected by blood covenant with God as their father, though “the crumps” can be for others.
He is the gift of God, the bread which comes from God to the earth to give life (John 6:26-65), without which we would not have life. In him was life and the life was the light of men, which means without him we remain in darkness (John 1:1-5).
Jesus, meeting a woman bent over for eighteen years, he asked: should not this daughter of Abraham be loosed from her infirmity on the Sabbath? He then told the woman: “woman thou art loosed (Luke 13:11-17),” speaking forth the word of life to her, healing her, setting her free from her infirmity. When we come in contact with him our lives change. One man after meeting Jesus, said: “once I was blind but now I see (John 9:25).”
Bread gives strength, and daily we need to take it, take in the word of God for inner strength. God wants to give us daily grace, daily bread. Jesus said we should pray to the father: “give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:9-13),” not just physical but spiritual bread also. And that should be our inner attitude, not just a prayer said, but also an attitude of expectancy and desire for a daily experience of Christ, setting aside the daily time to take him in. We are helpless without him; we are empty without him.
He said to his disciples: without me you can do nothing. We are not wise without his wisdom, we are not able without his power. We are nothing without him, actually less than nothing, since we were on our way to the darkness and torment of hell and its fire (John 3:16).
But with him we are champions, we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), we are elevated to the very heights of God himself, we get to share in the divine nature, we get to shed our corrupted nature and are transformed into the image of the son of God. We are renewed on the inside and it shows on the outside. We are helped to be all we can be. Adam was corrupted with sin and now we are cleaned up by the blood of Jesus. The living bread is what we take to live.
We live because of him. Jesus made many fantastic claims in his time. How can a man claim to be God, claim to be the good shepherd! His claims were surely offensive, but he wanted the people to judge him by his life, by the miracles. He said that the very works that he did testify about him (John 14:9-11). Even if they could not marry his claims about himself with the cloth of humanity that he wore, the miracles he performed should bridge the gap.
When Nathaniel met Jesus who reeled to him things about him that he could not have known by natural means, he exclaimed: you are son of God you are king of Israel (John 1:45-51). He was convinced by that sign, because he had a pure heart.
Nicodemus said about him: you are a teacher sent from God because no one can do the mighty works you do expect God is with him.
Thomas did not believe Jesus rose up even when he was told, but when he saw him he believed and said: my Lord my God (John 20:28). The ultimate miracle is the resurrection of Jesus. The miracles performed by the disciples after his resurrection and ascension were proof that he is alive, the proof of the resurrection, as they do them in his name. And Jesus said that without signs and wonders, the people cannot believe (John 4:48).
When he was baptised by John there was a proclamation from heaven. God said: this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17).
John the Baptist testified about him, saying: this is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). That notable prophet said many more things about Jesus, all of which came to pass, and the people noted it as such (John 10:41-42). So all these should have formed the basis of the belief of the people in him. But as his death on the cross showed, the still rejected him.
However the resurrection is the greatest point of evidence to prove the validity of all the claims of Jesus about himself. Peter said that with the resurrection of Jesus, God had declared him as Lord (Acts 2:36). He was declared to be the son of God by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4).
He said that the testimony of John the Baptist about him was true, but he said he does not receive witness from man, adding that the most valid testimony is from the Father (John 5:31-47).
The process of his birth testifies about him, being born of a virgin (Luke 1:30-32). And soon after there was the sighting a star in heaven of one who is born king of the Jews, and the star led wise men from the east to the place where the new-born Jesus was (Matthew 2). He even attracted the attention of those who sought to kill him.
With all the above of details about Jesus, people still choose not to believe. Jesus said that if anyone wants to do the will of God, he will discover that what he said about himself was true (John 7:16-17). So it boils down to what you want: to do the will of God or your own will? Because the evidence about Jesus and the truth of the claims he makes about himself are watertight.
He is the truth, the way and the life (John 14:6), and its either you bow to the will of God for us and hear what Peter, John and James heard on the mount: this is my beloved son, hear him, or you yield to the words of the Pharisees which says that Jesus casts out devils through Beelzebub (Matthew 12:22-28), and that he is a sinner because he healed people on the Sabbath day. The choice is yours.
- Share your bread with the hungry (georgedowdell.org)
- John 6: Bread of Life (titheridgetalk.wordpress.com)
- John 1:35-51 (houseofthedread.wordpress.com)
- Proverbs 14 (wordcarmen.wordpress.com)
- The Kingdom of Heaven: context (friarmusings.wordpress.com)
- A Lesson in Hermeneutics Matthew 15:21-39 (whatshotn.wordpress.com)