Have you been able to eat anything yet today? Strange question, but work with me. I’m sure you’ve eaten something. And when you did, the food went down your throat into your stomach. Your stomach then broke the food down with its powerful acid and then your body extracted the nutrients it needed to give you life and energy. Kind of funny, because when I started writing, I was eating a chicken Cup Noodles. Not many good nutrients in that!
When the food was absorbed, it became a part of you. The old adage, “You are what you eat,” is true. It really should be no surprise to us, then, when Jesus talks about being the Bread of Life. He’s not saying that we need to eat Him, because that would go against other commands in His Word. He’s saying that we need to get our sustenance for life and our energy to do good, from Him. Our relationship with Him should be so close that we can live our lives on the Words of life He offers.
Last night, we celebrated a Passover Seder as a church. In the story of the Exodus, God asked the people to sacrifice a perfect lamb and to eat its flesh and put its blood on the mantle of their door. When the angel of death came to their house, it would pass over because he would see the blood of the sacrificed lamb and that would save them. 2000 years ago, Jesus, the perfect and final Passover Lamb, fulfilled God’s promise of sending a Messiah and allowed Himself to suffer and die in order for His blood to save us.
Through both of these examples we see that God has sent His salvation. In fact, pastor Daniel Nessim said last night at our Seder that in Hebrew it is “God has sent His Yeshua.” Do you know what Jesus’ name was in Hebrew? Yeshua! There is no doubt whatsoever that the Jesus that we love and worship came to give us all a way of salvation through His sacrificial death and through His daily bread-guidance.