Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
“Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.”
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” – John 6:32-36
This past week, Rebekah and I have been entertaining our foodie children, along with their foodie spouses, and we’ve been sharing great recipes, and it’s been so, so good. Then, Friday evening, we met with our WFPC koinonia dinner group, and the evening was hosted by our serious foodie friends, Hugh and Diane. More fellowship; more yum; more good; more better.
I could talk about the scintillating conversation, the deepening friendships, the joy of sharing goodness with our friends and our children, and the amazing flavor profile of some of the meals we have enjoyed. But I won’t.
GOSPEL: Instead I’m skipping directly to my Saturday morning men’s Bible study, where we talked for an hour about the John 6 passage, above. Oh my goodness. God sets me up with great food and then sends me into a conversation where Jesus talks about spiritual nourishment, and how critical it is – if we’re going to live at all.
So now I’m thinking some more about what Jesus said, and at the same time I’m getting ready to facilitate a Sunday morning class based on the Presbyterian Church’s “Brief Statement of Faith” that helped with the process of reunion in the early 1980’s. And I can’t help but realize that everything, even dinner with family and friends, even the good foodie-quality food, is more satisfying when I partake in the context of understanding that Jesus is the bread of life, that Jesus is my essential nourishment, and that – because of Jesus – I never have to be empty ever again, and that the living water Jesus offers is a spring of living water, overflowing with real life.
And we shake hands at the door, we hug necks, and we kiss cheeks, and we are so grateful for the good food, and so filled up with the sense of community. And I could be talking about our home, or the koinonia dinner – or I could be talking about the experience of community, and nourishment, and refreshment we feel when we come together to worship God at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.
“Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day!”
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.