John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Ok, I’ll admit it. I jumped in on the bread baking trend that started during the pandemic, and I’ve learned some things from it. In its essence, bread is four ingredients: flour, water, salt, yeast. That’s it. I never appreciated that the ingredients needed to bake the most delicious bread are so simple.
There are many analogies to be drawn between the bread we eat and the bread of life Jesus talks about. One that stands out to me is its simplicity, and how the straightforwardness of Christ’s life and teaching are in contrast to the world we live in.
Today, the breadth and depth of information available to anyone with an Internet connection is staggering. That in itself creates a challenge, but add to that how this information is shared through systems that prey on weaknesses of our souls and our flesh and the outcome may be confusion, anxiety, and depression. That is not God’s will for our lives.
Matthew recounts a time when Jesus was talking to a crowd, chastising them for their hard hearts in the face of the miracles they had seen from him. Jesus tells this crowd that if several notoriously sinful cities of the past had witnessed His works, they would have repented. These folks had Jesus in their towns doing miracles and somehow this wasn’t sufficient to soften their hearts. To me this speaks clearly to the accessibility and simplicity of Christ. We have testimonies and examples of miracles all around us. We have the Word of God as witness to Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. What more do we need?
With this same group around him, Jesus goes on to say, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” Here He makes it clear that understanding and believing in Him is not an intellectual endeavor, nor does it require us to look in many places to uncover the Truth. Being satisfied with the simplicity of Christ may be one of the biggest challenges to our human nature, as our flesh seems to have a desire for more, bigger, and better. Sometimes it’s hard to accept that God’s Word is enough, that the Bread of Life is appetizer, entree, and dessert!