Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Bread of Life

Did you know that 11 years ago I was professionally trained as a bread baker? I spent an entire year baking French boules and baguettes, sauerkraut sourdough rye and three seed whole wheat. The aroma of fresh bread sticks with me until this day.

When was the last time you got a whiff of fresh-baked bread?

Did it make you salivate?

Did it make you sense a hunger that had not been in your consciousness until the aroma triggered it?

Nothing smells quite as good…as warm, fresh bread…just from the oven.

Jesus once said, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty" (John 6:35).

And people caught the aroma. They noticed something about Jesus that was different from the teachers they were accustomed to hearing.

Men and women came to him and were filled to complete satisfaction. Just as Jesus had promised: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled" (Matt. 5:6).

Like the smell of freshly baked bread.

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