I love bread. Despite many attempts at low-carb dieting, I still lose all sense of self-control when a bread basket is brought to the table. Include butter and Paleo becomes FAIL-eo for me.
Pumpernickel, sourdough, those pesky Hawaiian rolls, pita, naan, focaccia, challah, bagette, rye, brioche, ciabatta, scone, kifli, bazlama, bagel, lavash, zwieback, paratha – I love them all (even the ones that sound more like Star Wars planets than types of bread), and thank God for the countries and cultures from which they come.
In John 6:35, “Jesus replied, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'”
I am so glad Jesus never said He was the broccoli of life. Or kale leaf. Or asparagus spear. He said “bread.” He knew my heart before I was knit together in my mother’s womb with a love for bread. Do not get me wrong. I actually LOVE vegetables as well, but bread makes me feel both satisfied and joyful.
That is what Jesus wants for all of us. Not a 12-step program for people who are obsessed with bread, but a people who are both satisfied and joyful. Full of Him. Feasting on His presence. Indulging in worship. Glutting on biblical community.
Jesus encourages us in John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Jesus wants an abundant life for you and me. I need to focus much more on the Bread of Life than the never-ending breadsticks on which I often find myself focusing. If and when I do, He promises me that I will never hunger.
That sounds better than hot rolls and butter. And for me, that is saying a lot.
Enjoy the feast!
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