The Bread of Life


When I’m really hungry I want a slice of good bread, not the white squishy stuff, but a real good wholesome bread. My mother had told me when I was just a little girl, that I would take a small piece of bread she gave me and go to the neighbor’s house and ask them to put something on it. This was after the war was over and food was very scarce. They never could resist a skinny little girl with big brown eyes and would find something to put on my bread. Some forty years later I was sitting in their living room, telling them about the “Bread of Life”, about the Lord Jesus Christ and how he became my Saviour.

There is a story in the Bible, one of my very favorite ones, about a young man called Mephibosheth who lived in Lodebar, which means the place of no bread.

One day the king, King David, asked his servant Ziba if he knew if there was still anyone alive from the house of Saul, the previous king. King David wanted to show kindness to such a one for his son Jonathan’s sake who had been his best friend. Ziba told him about Mephibosheth and how he was crippled from a fall when he was very little. King David sent his carriage for Mephibosheth down in Lodebar. He brought him to the palace and Mephibosheth fell down on his face before the king. He was probably scared, but King David said to him “Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.”

What a wonderful picture of us before we were saved! Just think, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords is actually interested in us and invites us to come to his palace to dine with him!

I encourage you to read this story in II Samuel 9:1-13

Do you live in “Lodebar?” The place of no bread! No peace, no joy, no happiness, only strife, fighting, disappointment after disappointment. You try to “eat” different things like drugs, alcohol, immorality or even religion, but you are still hungry! If you want your hunger stilled, then ask the one who said “I am the bread of life” to give you of this bread and you will never hunger again. Here are the verses from the Bible that will help you, if you are hungry for God.

  • “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Rom 3:23
  •  “ As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;”Rom3:10
  •  “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Rom 5:12
  • “For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal l life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom 6:23
  • “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Eph 2:8-9
  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,  that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
  • “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9
  • “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Rom 10:9-10

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