The Bread of Life

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esus proclaimed “I am the bread of life” shortly after the miraculous feeding of five thousand people with fish and bread. The crowd wanted more good food, material things, and exciting miracles, but Jesus taught about spiritual bread that feeds the soul and satisfies forever. This image of bread also spoke to the agrarian crowd because bread was the primary source of nourishment, so Jesus portrayed how God is the foundation of our lives. This was also a religious crowd so the bread portrait would evoke imagery of the Passover bread, so Jesus portrayed himself as the Passover Lamb who would be sacrificed to atone for sins. This is a Communion Sunday so we will spiritually nourish on the bread and juice that point to Christ's sacrifice on the cross for our salvation.