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Jesus as the Living Bread explained

len Alfred Ajibola - 03rd November, 2022 @ 01:40 PM

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Concerning the biblical account of first human disobedience, which of the following statement is false?

  • A. The snake began its temptation by asking the woman: 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'

  • B. The snake lied to the woman that she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. The woman ate the fruit because she she saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat

  • D. The woman ate the fruit and gave some to her husband, after which they were given understanding

  • E. The fruit eaten by the woman was an apple and it looked pleasing to the eye

  • F. The snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made

That same evening when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in middle of the garden, What was God's first action?

  • A. God called out to Adam and Eve

  • B. God cursed the serpent, Adam and Eve respectively

  • C. God called out to man and asked him: 'Where are you?'

  • D. God expressed his disappointed to Adam

  • E. God declared his anger to man

  • F. God called out to Adam and Eve and punished them immediately

The snake in the garden of Eden began it's temptation on Eve by _____.

  • A. Telling her she would be wise

  • B. Telling her she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. Telling her she will be like God

  • D. Asking her a simple question

  • E. Showing her the beauty of the fruit

  • F. Suggesting that she doesn't know what she's missing

God knows all things, even your secret and deepest thoughts. This attribute of God is termed _____.

  • A. Omniscient

  • B. Self existence

  • C. Omnipotent

  • D. Wisdom

  • E. Omnipresent

  • F. Omniknowledge

The following are attributes of God except _____.

  • A. Jealousy

  • B. Asiety

  • C. Incomprehensibility

  • D. Immutability

  • E. Impeccability

  • F. Options A through E are correct

_____ is the first son of Jacob.

  • A. Benjamin

  • B. Reuben

  • C. Gideon

  • D. Joseph

  • E. Seth

  • F. Absalom

What was Joseph's interpretation of the chief baker's dream?

  • A. He will be restored to his former position

  • B. He will be hung to death and birds will eat his remains

  • C. He will see his family again

  • D. He will remain the chief baker of the prison

  • E. He will die in prison

  • F. He will be shown mercy by the king

Joseph is the _____ son of Jacob.

  • A. 3rd

  • B. 5th

  • C. 7th

  • D. 9th

  • E. 11th

  • F. 12th


Jesus the Living Bread:

During the lifetime of Jesus, bread was a staple and popular food among the Jewish people. In fact, bread was so common that it was interpreted to literally mean 'food'. For this reason, Jesus chose bread to play a crucial role in his mission of salvation for mankind.

In the gospel of John, chapter 6 verse 1-15, Jesus fed five thousand men through a miracle which he performed on five loaves of bread and two fishes. Of course, women and children were among this gathering of people that was fed, although the bible passage do not give an account of that. However, before he fed all the people, he asked Philip an important question: 'where shall we buy bread for this people to eat?' Worthy of note is the fact that Jesus specifically mentioned bread in his question, although he already had in mind what he was going to do (John 6:5-6).

Please read on Jesus' teaching on giving here

 

The miracle of Jesus (feeding of the five thousand) was figurative since it points to the most basic need of the people at that point in time, and that's bread. This food (bread) was so basic and common that it is eaten daily by the Jewish people, thus becoming a part of their lives. It is in this light that Jesus calls himself the 'living bread' or 'bread of life', although they were not able to comprehend the concept behind his assertion (or who he was) because they focused more on the physical bread which goes into the body and not the soul.

Please read on why suffering and pains exist in our world here

 

Jesus' feeding of the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fishes gave the people a more earthly reflection of his personality. They thought of him as one who had come solely to fulfill their physical needs. The people saw him as one who would end their hunger for bodily food, while also protecting and defending them from wars alongside their enemies. For this reason, they wanted to forcefully make him their king (John 6:15). Jesus knew about their dangerous intention and hence withdrew himself from them, and even walked on water in this regard (John 6:19).

Please read on the attributes of God here

 

In the above paragraph, I used the word 'dangerous intention' because making him their king (for the sake of earthly bread) could distract Jesus from his perfect goal which was to save the soul of mankind. Jesus affirmed this in the gospel of Mark 8:36 when he said: 'what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul'? Again, Jesus calls himself the good shepherd who lays his life for his sheep (John 10:14-15). Therefore, Jesus' ultimate goal on earth is to die for mankind, and that he did on the cross of calvary.

You can read on the early years of Jesus here

 

Jesus' statement on himself as the living bread (or the bread of life) was very clear and emphatic. This didn't go down well with the people whom he had recently fed to satisfaction. It was on this note that Jesus emphasized on one of his most direct teaching about himself. In this regard, Jesus told them categorically that 'unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you will have no life in you, that whoever eats his flesh and drinks his blood has eternal life' (John 6:53). On hearing this, the people whom he had just fed came to a conclusion that this is hard teaching, who can believe it?

Please read on Jesus' teaching on forgiveness here

 

This basis of this hard teaching of Jesus according to the people was referenced on two major statements from Jesus himself. First of this statement is present in John 6:38. Here, Jesus stated categorically that he came down from heaven to do the Father's will. Jesus' teaching was said to be tough in this regard based on the earthly reasonings of the people. This is so because they knew his parents (as Joseph and Mary), and perhaps when and where he was born. They therefore grumbled among themselves saying: how can he say he came down from heaven? (John 6:42).

Another reason why the people acclaimed Jesus' teaching to be tough was because he said: 'whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world (John 6:51). This gave rise to a greater argument among the people, with some saying: 'how can this man give us his flesh to eat' (John 6:52). Perhaps, some may have asked questions concerning cannibalism among themselves. Disregarding their grumblings and arguments, Jesus went further by categorically saying in John 6:53 - 'I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you will have no life in you. Whoever eats his flesh and drinks his blood has eternal life'. Notice that Jesus began the aforementioned verse by saying: 'I tell you the truth'. Jesus beginning in this manner implies that this is an extremely important teaching. At this point, an understanding on this salient teaching is necessary, but unfortunately, the mind of the people could not comprehend it.

Please read on the important lessons learnt from Jesus' teaching as the Living Bread here

 

An important point to note on this teaching of Jesus is the fact that the flesh can never comprehend his teaching about his body and blood. In fact, Jesus himself comfirms this in John 6:43-44. It states: 'Jesus answered and said to them, stop murmuring among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him'. This therefore implies that anyone who listens and practices the teachings of Jesus must indeed be drawn by God the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit.

After Jesus' teaching on himself as the bread of life, many of the people whom he had fed turned back on him and stopped following him. Apparently, Jesus was not bothered about the departure of this large group of people; instead, he asked his 12 apostles: 'Are you not going to leave too? Simon Peter answered, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life' (John 6:67-68). This response of Peter was purely a function of the Holy Spirit which proceeds from God the Father, thus confirming Jesus' statement in John 6:43-44.

Please read on the sovereignty of God here

 

The beauty about this long conversation between Jesus and the people was the fact that Jesus was explicit and direct in his words concerning the eating and drinking of his body and blood. He taught them at great length concerning this important doctrine. This happens to be one of the longest conversation between Jesus and the people in the gospel.

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Amazing facts in CRS

There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible

Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible

The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:

Jesus wept

 

The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:

Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language

The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen

Revelation 22:21

The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:

Jesus wept

If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English


NOTABLE POINTS IN CRS

God created human beings for the following reasons:

  1. To know Him

  2. To love Him

  3. To serve Him

  4. To be happy with Him forever

Our first parent, Adam and Eve enjoyed a life of complete happiness before they committed sin. They never knew what pain nor sorrow was until they disobeyed God. In short, both were perfect beings until they committed the sin of disobedience against God.

Disobedience may simple be defined as the failure to obey rules, command or someone in authority.

Adam and Eve were the first human beings to disobey God.

Please read more on the biblical account of first human disobedience here

Adam and Eve were able to commit sin (disobey God's command) because God had given them that special gift of free will.

The events written in Genesis 3:1-13 presents the story of the first human disobedience.

Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made. The snake asked the woman, 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'

Genesis 3:1

Moral Lesson: The devil can come in any form and can tempt any man, woman, boy or girl, as far as he or she is of the age of reasoning.

Sometimes, satan creeps into one's life by asking simple questions. Notice that the snake (satan) did exactly this when it approached Eve to tempt her. To this end, we need to be at alert prayerfully because the evil one can tempt any human in any situation, place and at any point in time

Attributes of God is defined as those characteristics that has to do with God.

The attributes of God will aid us to better understand who God is. It is important to state that no one has a complete knowledge of God's attributes.

Jesus is the true image of the unseen God and he shares completely all the attributes of God. Those who were with Jesus in his time saw the attributes of God in him according to how he acted, loved and forgave.

Fortunately, we have all experienced one attribute of God or another in our daily lives. Infact, you are alive today (and able to read this write-up) simply because of the attributes of God resting upon you.

Below are some of God's attributes:

  • God is sovereign

  • God is love

  • God is merciful

  • God is self-existent, infinite and immortal

  • God is completely independent

  • God is always good

  • God is immutable

  • God is perfectly wise

  • God is trinity

  • God is impeccable

  • God is self-sufficient

  • God is faithful

  • God is gracious

  • God is omniscient

  • God is omnipotent

  • God is omnipresent

  • God is jealous

  • God is just

  • God is holy

  • God is glorious

  • God is incomprehensible

Please read the explanations on God's attributes with relevant bible verses here

Joseph (in the old testament of the bible) is the 11th son of Jacob out of 12 brothers. He is so loved by his father because he was born when his father was in his old age. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated the young innocent boy (Joseph). Meanwhile, his dad made a special coat for him.

According to the Bible (Genesis 37), Joseph is a dreamer boy (and also an excellent interpreter of dreams). This gift of his further made him an object of envy and hate among his brothers.

Out of envy, his brothers decided to kill him but God saved his life through one of them named Reuben. Reuben is the firstborn of Jacob's 12 children.

Please read more on Joseph's story here