Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 17th, 2016
“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.'”
John 6:35 (NIV)
The Bread of Life
Imagine never having to buy food again because you are never hungry or thirsty. No more grocery bills. Jesus says that coming to Him satisfies the deepest cravings of our souls. How has Jesus satisfied your longings? How do you need Jesus today to meet your needs?
Canada’s oldest wheat is called Red Fife. Its name is derived from the original red colour of the wheat kernel and the name of the farmer who developed it in 1842, Dave Fife, a Peterborough farmer. One legend states that a load of wheat grown in Ukraine was on a ship in the Glasgow harbour. A friend of Farmer Fife dropped his hat into the red-coloured wheat, collecting a few seeds in the hatband, which he then shipped off to Mr. Fife. The wheat grew. The family cow managed to eat all the wheat heads except for one, which Mrs. Fife salvaged. This was the beginning of Red Fife wheat in Canada. By the 1860s Red Fife was distributed and grown across Canada and became renowned for being a fine milling and baking wheat.
Canada has been referred to as the breadbasket of the world. We export wheat to a large number of nations, and are known to produce some of the best bread-making wheat in the world. Bread is a global food and so when Jesus used it to describe Himself, He knew that everyone could understand what He was saying. In John 6:35, Jesus said “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.” God had provided manna for the people of Israel on a daily basis as they wandered through the wilderness. This was a picture of what Jesus would provide spiritually. There is a spiritual hunger every human heart and people try to fill that hunger with all sorts of things good and bad – entertainment, sports, drugs, alcohol, music, sex. But none of these assuage the hunger that gnaws in the heart. Only Jesus is the bread of life. And when we put our faith and trust in Him, we find that our spiritual hunger disappears and we are satisfied for the first time in our lives. We don’t earn or deserve this. Jesus is very clear that it is given to us freely when we seek Him. If you have a spiritual hunger, a longing in your soul that nothing has satisfied, come to Jesus in faith. And He will fill your heart and soul with his love and peace. You will never be spiritually hungry again.
These have been words from the heart.