“This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it
and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever
eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life
of the world is my flesh.”
After feeding more than five thousand people in the wilderness, Jesus teaches the
Israelites about the true meaning of this remarkable sign.
The five thousand who received bread that day and the twelve who gathered for Passover
in the Upper room, received Christ by faith. The meal reminded them of God’s goodness in
the past; revealed Jesus as the Son of God; strengthened their relationship with Him in the
present; and pointed to their future.
When we gather for the meal which we call Holy Communion we share a common identity as
members of the household of God. We are companions, a word that literally means “bread
together”, on our way to His kingdom where he promises we will feast with Him together.
Pastor Russ Shook