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Pass the Bread
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Bread, the “staff of life” in it's basic form is simply flour, water and yeast. But I can't think of anything that smells better than bread when it's baking.

We have an abundance of bread in our part of the world, but in many places there are thousands who are hungry, without bread.

We live on a planet where people are not only starving for physical bread, but they are starving for spiritual bread—the bread of heaven.

Each of the gospels gives us a story of Jesus and bread. According to Matthew 14, after hearing of John's death, Jesus apparently wanted to be alone. But the crowds followed. As Jesus looked at the multitude “he was moved with compassion.” He did not disappoint them. He healed their sick and fed them with the miraculous blessing of five barley loaves and two fish.

Enough for All

In verse 19, the word "gave" denotes to keep on giving. The miracle occurred while the bread was in the hands of Jesus. As long as there was need, bread kept multiplying in His hands and the hands of the disciples, reaching out to Christ were never empty. There was enough for all. We, too, can be the channel of communication between Christ and people in need of his word.

Jesus holds some very special bread in His hands today. He holds his word in His hands and holds it out to us. He asks us to take it and distribute it to others who are hungry for the bread of life.

Bread, the gospel in a simple form, may be a Bible text of comfort for an aching heart; a story of Jesus for a child; a loaf of bread for one who is hungry. Jesus says, “pass the bread.”

We are children of God, heirs and joint-heirs with Christ. We have the privilege of receiving the bread from Jesus. We hold it in our hands as we daily feed on the word. We can say with Jeremiah, “Your words were found and I ate them and they were the delight of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16).

We can give only as we receive. But as we give, we continue to receive. God asks us, "Go and tell the good news to everyone! His command is a promise and behind it is the same power that fed the multitude beside the sea.”1

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1 White, Ellen. "Desire of Ages", p. 369.


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