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Jesus as the Living Bread explained

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

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Academic Questions in CRS

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The feeding of five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fishes paved way for Jesus' teaching on _____.

  • A. The sermon on the mount

  • B. The living bread

  • C. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving

  • D. The prodigal son

  • E. The good samaritan

  • F. Giving

According to Christianity, Jesus Christ suffered for us all. As a result, Christians do not have to suffer on earth.

  • A. True

  • B. False

In the gospel of Matthew chapter 18 verse 21-35, Jesus tells what story?

  • A. The story of the prodigal son

  • B. The story of the good Samaritan

  • C. The story of the fig tree

  • D. The beatitudes

  • E. The story of the vineyard

  • F. The story of the unforgiving servant

What is Jesus' last word on the cross?

  • A. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing

  • B. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me

  • C. I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise

  • D. I am thirsty

  • E. It is finished

  • F. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit

With regards to giving, Jesus made the statement below:

Do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do this, you will have a reward from your Father in heaven.

  • A. True

  • B. False

At last, he came to his senses and said, 'All my father’s hired workers have more than they can eat, and here am I about to starve! I will get up and go back to my father and say, Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers'. So he got up and started back to his father.

The above statement was made by the prodigal son when he took up a job in a distant country. What job was that?

  • A. Care of cattle

  • B. Care of sheep

  • C. Care of goats

  • D. Care of pigs

  • E. Care of cattle and sheep

  • F. Care of cattle and sheep and goats

The parable of the prodigal son is found in which of the following bible passages?

  • A. Matthew 15: 11-32

  • B. Mark 15: 11-32

  • C. Luke 15: 11-32

  • D. John 15: 11-32

  • E. None of the above

  • F. All of the above

Jesus was born specifically in _____.

  • A. Jerusalem

  • B. Bethlehem

  • C. Nazareth

  • D. Israel

  • E. Capernaum

  • F. Calvary



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

Salvator Mundi - Len Academy

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci is the most expensive painting in the world. It is valued at 450.3 Million Dollars.

This painting depict Jesus Christ with his right hand raised in blessing, and his left hand holding an orb

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

The parable of the prodigal son as narrated by Jesus himself is one that shows God's incomprehensible mercy and love. This parable is present in the gospel of Luke 15: 11-32.

Jesus began by saying:

There was once a man who had two sons. The younger one said to him, 'Father, give me my share of the property now'. So the man divided his properties between his two sons.

Luke 15: 11-12

From the above passage, it is quite clear that the younger brother had lost interest in the family's affairs. He must have pondered in his heart the sweetness of complete independence on a life of financial abundance.

To actualize his thoughts, he had the effrontery to go to his father to request for his inheritance even though his father is fully alive and active.

Please read a detailed explanation of the parable of the prodigal son and its moral lessons here

Adam and Eve disobeyed God while in the Garden of Eden. Below are the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience:

  • All God's creature became guilty of original sin.

  • Human perfection was lost.

  • God's judgement was pronounced on the snake, woman and man.

  • Chaos and disorderliness came upon earth.

  • Suffering, pain and death was introduced into the world.

  • The first prophesy was made. 

  • Clothing was made.

  • Paradise was temporarily lost.

  • Their disobedience brought about the relevation of Jesus Christ.

  • Please read a detailed explanation on the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience here

Wise men from the east came to visit the infant king. Upon their arrival, they saw the child with his mother Mary. They knelt down and worshiped the infant (Jesus).

Notice that the bible recorded that the wise men knelt down and worshipped the infant (Jesus), according to Matthew 2:11.

Only God can be worshiped. Jesus is always God, even as a baby.

It is important to state that Jesus remained God at every point in his physical existence, even when he was in the womb of the virgin; throughout his life on earth, death on the cross and eventual resurrection.

The wise men from the east opened their treasures and presented the infant Jesus with three significant gifts. These are gold, frankincense and myrrh.

  • Gold represents a symbol of Jesus' kingship. Jesus is the King of kings, even at birth and throughout eternity.

  • Frankincense represents a symbol of Jesus' divinity and a sign of worship. Only God can be worshipped; and as such, Jesus is fully God.

  • Myrrh represents a symbol of Jesus' death. Jesus is truly man, and this is why he was able to suffer and die on the cross.

Please read on the early years of Jesus here.

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