To Coin the Phrase – Part 2 – Bethlehem
For most people reading this, fresh bread is a nice option at almost every meal. You may decide not to partake, but it is available. For 1st Century Israelites, having daily food was never a foregone conclusion, much less being able to pick and choose whatever suited your taste. Yes, bread was a staple, but more often than not, it was the staple, meaning there was nothing else to eat. Back then, to have bread was to have life.
So, when Christ’s original audience heard Him exclaim, “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats from this bread, he will live forever.” (Jn. 6:51), He offered to satiate the innermost hunger of their souls. Not dissimilar to the word picture described above, but with an incredible spiritual component added for both this life and the life to come.
Sadly, receptivity to that same offering is going largely unrealized today. People appear to choose consumerism, commercialism, and materialism for their daily bread instead.
What’s needed as we enter deeper into the 2021 Christmas Season, is for you to live your life as one beggar telling other beggars where to come and find food; not that “which perishes, but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” (Jn. 6:27) Because as many as received Him can attest, Something Far, Far Better than Flowers Bread is Here!