August 19, 2018, I Am the Living Bread of Life – guest speaker, Helen Harris
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My husband Michael and I frequently like to go for rides in the car with our dog Holly. There are times when we use the all too familiar TomTom or map search to find our destination. Well, we often take too many left turns or not enough right turns and are told by that annoying TomTom lady, “turn around as soon as possible.” But throughout our adventure, we have faith that God will lead us home safely.
God gave Moses a huge responsibility in asking him to lead the Israelite’s out of Egypt. God had faith that Moses was the right person for the task. Moses actually asked God to pick someone else, he had no idea what he was in for. Throughout the years, which must have seemed like forever, the people would grumble and complain to Moses about many things in the wilderness. One of their biggest struggles was there wasn’t enough food. People had to trust in God that He would supply them with the food and needs to live their lives and nourish their souls. God heard the cries and provided bread from heaven that was called Manna as a source of food.
“The word Manna means “What is it? In Hebrew.
It was known as bread of heaven, corn of heaven, angel’s food, spiritual meat. Manna had to be collected before it was melted by the heat of the sun, and was like a coriander seed in size but white in color. Raw manna tasted like wafers that had been made with honey. Manna was given to them as a sign of God’s promise of the covenant.
This food was actually a source of spiritual feeding from God. Many thought it was given to them by Moses. The manna that was given to the Israelites was from God and not from Moses.
Some Israelites didn’t believe that the bread was from heaven, they didn’t follow their absolute faith. They didn’t believe the truth and understanding of it coming from heaven. The people who ate it were nourished but ultimately all of them died.” They ate the manna to strengthen them physically and mentally but God was offering them something much better.
In Christ, He showed us that everyone who comes to him and believe in Him will have everlasting life. God sent Jesus down as the one true bread of life from heaven. Jesus said whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
He was hated by many, but by his death and suffering on the cross, he taught us His love. By His crucifixion on the Cross He died for our forgiveness of sins, laid in the tomb, was resurrected and rose on the third day. Christ spoke of himself as the great gift of God, as the true bread.
Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven, He repeats this statement several times. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. He asks us to live with Him and believe in Him, to follow Him to His kingdom to God. He Gives us this bread for our daily lives.
The people literally took it to mean eating flesh. When Jesus added that unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life within you. The people knew that the law of Moses forbade any drinking of blood. Jesus meant that spiritually we are drinking and eating the body and blood.
The new world was created by Christ through the His death and resurrection and the forgiveness of sins. It was beginning of a new age. He gives life unto the world both spiritually and eternally in communion with God.
The Lord gives us the promise of a life with Him and the resurrection. We enter into a one true real relationship with Christ. With Jesus, He provides us with eternity. Faith in Christ is Grace and being one with Him.
Soon we will gather together as a family of Christ and receive the most important sacrament with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is a sign of God’s love for us. With the words of Jesus at the Last Supper we come forward to the Holy Table of the Lord to celebrate and remember his death and resurrection. We will receive the wine and bread; consecrated into the blood and body of our LORD Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. He asks us to love one another. When we place our faith in Jesus, He will give us eternal life in heaven. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
“The Eucharist is a sample of the kingdom to come. It is a memory of mighty acts that God did for us in Christ, giving us our present hope. It is a way by which Christ is present among us in the meantime.”
By Him, With Him and In Him. Amen