The Bread of Life was broken for you!

April 1, 2015

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
(Matthew 26:26 (NIV))

All people who claim their faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior recognize these words. They know that these words are a portion of the words that we now know as the Last Supper and we remember when we take Holy Communion.

I have recently only begun to understand the full meaning of Jesus as the bread. The Jewish Passover feast calls for the middle loaf of bread to be hidden or buried for a while. This is exactly what happened to Jesus. Jesus (the Bread) was crucified between two thieves. He was the middle loaf. He did not stay buried, just as the middle loaf does not stay hidden,

Another interesting tidbit of information is that in Hebrew, Bethlehem means “House of Bread.” Jesus refers to himself as the “Bread of Life.” Isn’t it interesting that the “Bread of Life” should be born in the “House of Bread” and that the middle loaf should be hidden for a short time. God has a sense of humor. He is probably laughing at us for not recognizing the obvious. At the same time, He is crying for those who do not recognize and partake of the “Bread of Life.”

The Bread of Life was broken for you!

Copyright 1998 – 2015 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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Broken part of creation

November 17, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker,
to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,
`What are you making?’
Does your work say,
`He has no hands’?
(Isaiah 45:9 (NIV))

Humanity is nothing more than potsherds. Each of us is simply a broken part of the creation that God intended for us to be. We inherited that brokenness from the actions of Adam and Eve in the fall from grace. Before sin entered into the world, each of us was destined to be a magnificent, one of a kind creation that glorified God. Now, we are simply broken shards of what we were created to be.

Just as the broken parts of a clay pot can hint at the beauty that it once had, we only hint at the beauty of what we may have been if sin had not entered into our lives. The only difference between us and an actual clay pot is the skill of the Creator. A potter can only repair a broken pot if all of the pieces are still there. He cannot make it as it was when it was new, but it may still be able to function as it was intended.

We have a Creator who is far more skilled than any earthly potter ever will be. We have the God of the universe as our “Maker.” He can take any of the pieces of our broken lives and recreate them to be what He intended for us to be. All we have to do is be willing to surrender to His Will. It is foolishness to think that we, the mere creation, can tell the Creator what to do. We must surrender to His Will and the skill of His hands, after all, he had a plan for us. He created us for a certain purpose. He “wired” us for that purpose. When we allow Jesus into our heart and we allow God to recreate our lives, then we are willfully surrendering to His authority as Creator.

Do you honestly believe that you can know more than the Creator of the whole universe?

Stop trying to quarrel with God and let God mold you into the creation that He intended.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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