Monday, February 15, 2016

Where Can We Buy Bread? - Lent 2016

Living Bread ~ Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35  

During this season of reflections and renewal, join me in exploring the Bread of Life. When we encounter Jesus Christ, this Living Bread feeds, satisfies, and transforms us. Come on this journey and remember this True Bread “is broken for you”. ~ Donna Oswalt

Jesus saw a great crowd of people climbing the hill, looking for Him. Turning to Philip, He asked, “Philip, where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for [Jesus] already knew what He was going to do. John 6:5-6 NLT

From cities and towns, from Capernaum and Nain, from Gentile territory of Decapolis, from shore to shore of the Sea of Galilee, stories of healing miracles precede Jesus. Arriving at Bethsaida on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee and going up into the hills with the disciples, Jesus sees a great crowd of people following them. Jesus teaches about the Kingdom of God and heals the broken. As the afternoon passes, Jesus asks Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” Without much thought, the disciples reason there is no way to feed so many people. Only a small boy with 5 pieces of bread and 2 small fish can be found. Jesus gets the disciples to tell everyone to sit down; then, Jesus takes the bread and gives thanks and again with the fish. This food is distributed to the 5,000 men and women and children who eat until they are full. What is humanly impossible becomes miraculously possible with God!

In verse 11, the Greek word for gave thanks , eucharisteo, means to ‘be thankful, to express gratitude’ and almost always expresses thanksgiving to God. This word appears nearly 40 times in the New Testament, and by the second century, the word Eucharist becomes a common word to refer to the Lord’s Supper. In the blessing of the bread, Jesus feeds these hungry people. Today, the Bread of Life feeds our spiritual hunger. Again, that which is humanly impossible becomes divinely possible with God!

Lord, open my eyes; show me where I am spiritually malnourished. The need cries, Lord, always give us this bread.” Feed me until I am full. Eucharisteo! – dho

Focus Point: What is humanly impossible becomes miraculously possible with God!

*”Feeding of the 5,000”: John 6:1-15; Luke 9:1-17; Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44

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