“They gave not only what they could afford but far more; and I can testify that they did it because they wanted to and not because of nagging on my part. They begged us to take the money so they could share in the joy of helping the Christians in Jerusalem. Best of all, they went beyond our highest hopes, for their first action was to dedicate themselves to the Lord and to us, for whatever directions God might give to them through us” 2 Corinthians 8:3-5 Living Bible (TLB)
Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
I Am... Day 1
In Matthew 16:36, Jesus asked His disciples “Who do people say that I am? “ and then He asked them “ Who do YOU say that I am? “ How would you answer that question?
Looking back to the Old Testament book of Exodus, we read that God had chosen Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses, in turn, wondered how to tell the Israelites who had sent him. Verses 13 and 14 tell us “Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” With just 5 words, God reveals His identity and also much about His character. He is unchangeable…the same as who He always has been and who He always will be.
Continuing with the pattern His Father had set in Exodus, Jesus chooses the same two words, “I am,” to reveal His character to us in 7 different places in the book of John. In those declarations, Jesus points back to His Father in the Old Testament and further personalizes God’s statement of “I am..” In our passage for today, He shares that He is the Bread of Life. But what does He mean by this metaphor?
My grandmother and my mother used to bake bread by hand. They would mix and knead the dough until it was just right to put into the oven to bake. There is nothing better to eat than a slice of freshly baked bread slathered with butter. And the smell of it baking is heaven on earth! I have an electric bread baker and making bread is much easier than it was for my mom, but the end result still tastes just as good. It is obvious that Jesus did not literally mean He was the kind of bread I make in my bread baker but, His statement does give us a glimpse into who He is.
Bread symbolizes sustenance and life. It was a common element in the diet of people in biblical times and it was an image they could relate to. They understood how bread would curb their hunger. Jesus knew that they needed nourishment and by His words, He was telling them (and us) that He can fulfill all our needs whether physical or spiritual. He can and will satisfy our hunger.
How can you experience Jesus as the Bread of Life in your personal life today?
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.