5.01.2017

The Bread of Life

This morning, the church sermon was on The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35

Towards the end, the pastor pointed out how the two men finally recognized Jesus because he broke bread with them. He then went on to reference the many times bread was associated with Jesus. The bread of life, breaking of bread, miracle of the five loaves and two fish, the symbol of bread during communion--Jesus was even born in Bethlehem, which means "house of bread."

A faint though crept into my head, and though I've not worked it out too far, or even decided if I have the energy to think on it much, I did share it with my friend after church was over.

"Isn't it interesting how important bread is in Christianity," I said, "and how our current health consciousness, by Christian people even, has vilified bread."

Our obsession with "clean food" and "clean eating" and low carbs has targeted grains and bread as bad for the body. Jesus is the Bread of Life, and we've trained ourselves to think bread is bad for us.

It might not seem like much, but symbols are subtle things that can easily be colored in our minds if we aren't careful. If we think bread is unhealthy, do we understand the importance of Jesus breaking bread and calling himself the Bread of Life?

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