Pastor’s Corner

Tidings of Trinity

Jesus said: “I am The Bread of Life.” John 6:35

Once upon a time (“back in the day, ” as it is said), prisoners were fed only bread and water. Last month, we looked at Jesus’ I AM statement in which He compared Himself to water. In John 4, He told the Samaritan woman that faith in Him was as important for her soul as water was for her body.

When Jesus said, “I AM the bread of life…” He was once again saying that trust in His promises was all-important, as important as bread for the body. A few interesting notes will help this I AM statement come alive for us:

  1. These words were spoken after Jesus fed thousands of people with a few loaves of bread and a few fish.
  2. Jesus probably fed 30,000 people or more on that day – if we count the women and children – we are told: “5000 men ate, besides women and children…”
  3. Jesus made His twelve apostles pick up the “left-overs” in baskets. This shows us that Jesus wanted no food to be wasted. It also shows us that He wanted each of His twelve Apostles to look into their baskets to see the reality of the miracle He had just done.

The greatest comfort we learn from this miracle is that Jesus is never stingy. Simply, with His spoken word, He fed thousands of hungry people with “as much as they wanted.” Likewise, Jesus never provides our need “half-way.” As Luther writes in the explanation to The First Article of The Apostles Creed: “He daily and richly provides for all our bodily needs… without any merit or worthiness in us.” In all our physical and merciful Jehovah/I AM!

Your Pastor and friend,

Dennis B O’Neill