I Am the Bread of Life
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35,41-59)
When I think of bread, many things come to mind. I am reminded how ancient bread is. Bread sustains our bodies. Bread is the tie that binds. We use bread for worship. We break bread when we gather for fellowship. Bread is one of the Lord’s many daily provisions.
Throughout the Bible are many instances where God provided bread for His children as a source of nourishment. God made manna fall from the sky after His children left Egypt. Jesus miraculously turned five loaves of bread and two small fish into enough food to feed five thousand people.
As we prepare our hearts for Holy Week, I reflect on God’s many daily provisions for myself and for my family. 2013 was a difficult year for me. Probably the most difficult year of my adult life. I was struggling financially. Living below the poverty level. Struggling to get through school. Struggling to provide for my daughter Kristen. I was homeless.
Many nights I would sleep in my truck. I would do a little Bible reading by flashlight, and I would look up to heaven and say my prayers to the Lord. “God, I am okay. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for blessing me with a beautiful healthy daughter. Thank you for my truck. Thank you for what little money I have in my pocket.” And I would thank God for what I had to eat that day.
I truly believe that God allows trials and tribulations to draw us closer to him. Now through daily prayer, patience, perseverance, and persistence, my life is better. This is what the Lord has done for me. I am no longer homeless. My daughter Kristen will graduate from college later this year.
Hopefully, soon I will be able to resume my studies. My income is better. Daily I thank the Lord for what He provides. God has truly provided me with a better way. That better way is our risen Lord Jesus! Jesus is truly the Bread of my life.
Jason Marsh was baptized by Rus Roach of First Baptist Church Nashville in May 1998. He raised his daughter, Kristen, at First Baptist Nashville, and she was also baptized here. Jason is a member of the Cornerstone department, Greer/Pickrell class.