MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 21 January 2019 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – The Bread of Life
TOPIC: The Bread of Life (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 21 January 2019)
FIRE SCRIPTURE: John 6:30-35
Bible In One Year: Exodus 4-6; Matthew 14:1-21
MEMORY VERSE: “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. – John 6:27
Jesus is the Bread of Life which never goes stale. Job said, “I have loved thy word more than my necessary food (Job 23:12b). John 6:35 says, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” Bread is considered a staple food -i.e., a basic dietary item. Bread is such a basic food item that it becomes synonymous for food in general. To further show the importance of bread to man’s survival, Jesus prayed to the Father to give us (believers) our daily bread. In that context “bread” stands for our daily needs or provisions. Similarly, we even use the phrase “breaking bread together” to indicate the sharing of a meal with someone. Bread also plays an integral part of the Jewish Passover meal. The Jews were to eat unleavened bread during the Passover feast and then for seven days following as a celebration of the exodus from Egypt. Finally, when the Jews were wandering in the desert for 40 years, God rained down “bread from heaven” to sustain the nation (Exodus 16:4).
When Jesus used the term “bread of life” in John 6, He was passing an important message across to the crowds of people around Him, those who followed him after he had miraculously fed over five thousand people with five small loaves of bread and two pieces of fish and still had leftovers. Jesus knew why the crowd kept following Him after the miracle. He also knew that their motive was wrong and decided to correct that by teaching them a lesson. The crowd’s focus was on physical bread which is perishable, temporal and ephemeral. Jesus wanted them to focus on Him, the Bread of Life that never perishes nor get stale. In the same vein, Jesus told the Samaritan woman that He would give her the water that she would drink and never thirst again. That is why the Bible admonishes that we set our eyes on things above.
Jesus accused the crowd of ignoring His miraculous signs and only following Him for the “free meal”. Jesus tells them in John 6:27 “Do not labour for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal”. In other words, they were so enthralled with the food, they were missing out on the fact that their Messiah had come. So the Jews ask Jesus for a sign that He was sent from God (as if the miraculous feeding and the walking across the water weren’t enough). They tell Jesus that God gave them manna during the desert wandering. Jesus responds by telling them that they need to ask for the true bread from heaven that gives life. When they ask Jesus for this bread, Jesus startles them by saying, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
This is a phenomenal statement! First, by equalling Himself with bread, Jesus is saying He is essential for life. Second, the life Jesus is referring to is not physical life. Jesus is trying to get the Jews’ thinking off the physical realm and into the spiritual realm. He is contrasting what He brings as their Messiah with the bread He miraculously created the day before. That was physical bread that perishes. He is spiritual bread that brings eternal life.
Third, and very important, Jesus is making another claim to deity. This statement is the first of the “I AM” statements in John’s Gospel. The phrase “I AM” is the covenant name of God (Yahweh or YHWH), revealed to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). The phrase speaks of self-sufficient existence, which is an attribute only God possesses.
YOU CANNOT SURVIVE SPIRITUALLY WITHOUT DAILY FELLOWSHIP WITH THE BREAD OF LIFE.
Power to live an overcomer’s life is coming upon you now!
- O Lord, help me to love Your word more than my necessary food, in the name of Jesus.
- O God arise, rain down Your bread from heaven to sustain our nation, in the name of Jesus.
- My Father, help me to set my eyes on things above, in the name of Jesus.
- O God, arise, quench the thirst of my soul, in the name of Jesus.
- I shall not walk in the counsel of the devil, in the name of Jesus.
- Thou bread of heaven that gives life, fill me afresh, in the name of Jesus.
- Powers assigned to monitor my life for destruction, you are a failure, die, in the name of Jesus.
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MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
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