Our verse for today comes from John 6:33, ” For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. “
We grow a lot of wheat in this country. In fact, forty-two of our fifty states grow wheat. Recent figures show an annual production of 2.4 billion bushels on farmland totaling 63 million acres, which is almost exactly twice as large as the entire state of North Carolina. Each one of those bushels can yield over 40 loaves of king size white bread, or about 90 loaves of one- pound wheat bread. The state of Kansas, the leading producer of wheat in America, produces enough wheat to make 36 billion loaves of bread, which is said to be enough to feed every person in the world for two weeks. And just one acre of Kansas wheat makes enough bread to feed 9,000 people a day. And if you turn that wheat into pasta rather than bread, one bushel would make enough spaghetti to eat once a week for four years. It’s easy to see why three percent of American soil is used to grow such a crop. A little bit can certainly go a long way. However, there are many people who choose to do without wheat, especially when it’s used in the form of flour. Also, approximately 3 million people in the US suffer from celiac disease, meaning their bodies cannot handle the gluten that is in wheat. They, unfortunately, must do completely without.
There are side effects to partaking of the bread of life of Jesus. Some have considered His offer and turned it down because of it. Others greatly limit the intake so as not to let it adversely affect the routines of their life. But Jesus doesn’t want to be a side dish that we snack on. He didn’t come down from heaven to be just another option on the menu. He wasn’t bread sent down to offer life to the world. He is life, and He came to be consumed as wholly and completely as your favorite meal. He offers what no other offers. But His recipe is like no other as well. His is a full exchange, our worldly diet for Him, our sinful passions for Him, our self-centered will for Him. If you will make Jesus the bread that you cannot live without, then you will have life like you have never lived before.
As we seek Him today, let your meal time turn your focus towards your bread of life, the Savior Jesus Christ.