Jesus The Bread of Life

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The Bible tells us Jesus is the Bread of Life and Living Water. We are to hunger and thirst after him. We are to fill ourselves with knowledge of who he is and what that means to us by applying it to how we live.

When first diagnosed as gluten intolerant, the thing I missed most was bread. Especially crispy thin pizza dough. Because I do not have Celiac Disease, cross contamination is not a serious problem for me, and I am able to take the toppings off a slice of pizza, leaving the crust on my plate with no problem. But eating only part of the pizza isn’t all that satisfying to my way of thinking.

Fortunately for us, there are no allergy restrictions with Jesus the Bread of Life.

Jesus is available to everyone no matter where they live, where they work, what they’ve done, the color of their skin, or their country of origin. Yet, some of us act as if we are allergic to Jesus, and pick and choose what we’ll digest and what we leave to the side of our plate.

Sure, we can choose to limit our understanding of who Jesus is, and how that applies to our life by refusing to dig deep into what the Bible tells us, but why would we? That kind of thinking won’t fill us up and leave us satisfied. It would be similar to limiting ourselves to eating only the toppings when we can have the whole pizza. Crust and all.

We are sustained and strengthened through taking the knowledge of who Jesus the Bread of Life is into the inner most recesses of our being. We aren’t meant to only scratch the surface and eat the toppings. We are meant to devour the entire pizza. Crust and all.

Speaking of pizza, what is your favorite part?

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“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “Those who come to me will never be hungry; those who believe in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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A Mighty Fortress

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The Arthurian Legend of Camelot with its Knights of the Round Table captivated my imagination at an early age. The fairy tale thoughts of a sword in a stone, brave warriors fighting for the oppressed, putting right the wrong, all intrigued me.

At the time, in my naivete, I thought it would be marvelous to be a princess living in a castle.

That is, until I researched the subject further and realized how truly dreadful it would be to live during those times of plague, pestilence and putrescence.

Even the lovely dresses I imagined I’d wear would be a pain. Literally. And needing to wear a large ring filled with honey to draw the bugs away from my food does not interest me in the least.

A story in 2 Kings 6 got me thinking about castles, armies and fortresses, and how God is our mighty fortress who protects us with his vast army.

One night the king of Syria sent a great army to surround the city where Elisha and his servant were. When the servant got up the next morning and saw the troops, horses and chariots everywhere, he was afraid.

Elisha told him not to be afraid. He told his servant, “Our army is bigger than theirs.”

Then Elisha prayed God would open his servant’s eyes to see the great army of the LORD with its horses and chariots of fire everywhere on the mountain.

The victory belonged to God.

Just as in Elisha’s day, we are besieged by things that are set against us. Oftentimes we see the enemy, but not God’s mighty army that surrounds and protects us. We are told our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil. (Ephesians 6:12) God will fight the battles of those who belong to him.

When life threatens to undo us maybe we should pray for the God of angel armies to open our eyes and show us how mighty a fortress he truly is.

Did you ever dream of being a knight or a princess?

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 Elisha’s servant got up early, and when he went out, he saw an army with horses and chariots all around the city. The servant said to Elisha, “Oh, my master, what can we do?”

 Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid. The army that fights for us is larger than the one against us.”

Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, open my servant’s eyes, and let him see.”

The Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.  2 Kings 6:15-17 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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