Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019. What is it that makes life worthwhile? We all have many things around us which are fantastic. We all know to enjoy food, or community, or sports, or work. There is art, music, beauty. Life is full of fantastic nature, of amazing technology, of culture, theatre, funny stuff, animals, plants, leisure … so much to enjoy! What is making life worthwhile?
We all know that we need to eat to live. Without eating, we cannot survive for long. Without bread or something like it, we cannot live. Jesus is using the image of bread to talk about his own role. In the gospel of John he says:
32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (from John 6)
There is a clear message here: the fantastic things in and around us do not satisfy our hunger for life. The amaying technology, riches, money, fame, art, beauty … all is good, but it does not give us as humans the core of life we need. We need more. We need something else. Why?
Made for Community with God …
We are made for community with God. We are made for being linked to something or someone eternal. We long for eternity. We long for the absolute, for being of value beyond our immediate achievements. We long for him, the eternal creator!
This is why Jesus is calling himself the bread of life. He is the door, he is God himself, who became human. He is the saviour, the lamb of God, creating reconciliation and peace with God! Without him, there is no link to the eternal holy God. But in him, the link is there, it is active and we can just walk through!
Jesus is the bread of life, the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. God in father, son and holy spirit is there now, inviting us to come, and to find, and to live. (Roland Potthast) ... further texts