There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh baked bread. It is such a pleasant smell that realtors will suggest that you bake a loaf of bread before a showing to get that smell in the air. I am often found in the presence of the wonderful smell of fresh baked bread. My wife is a master bread baker. Especially now as summer is all but a memory, it’s time for baking.
If you think that I settle just for the smell of fresh baked bread, then you don’t know me very well. Just yesterday, I enjoyed a piece of fresh, warm, artisan, white bread fresh from the oven and slathered it with butter. Did I mention that it was the heel of the loaf, my favorite!? While I was enjoying it, I hear Shirley say from the kitchen, “I’m not sure what can make a little water, flour and yeast taste so good!” While I can’t answer why it tastes so good, I will agree with her.
As I was savoring the bread, I was reminded of the words of Jesus written in John’s Gospel;
48 I am the bread of life.
John 6:48 (NIV)
In this same chapter, where Jesus speaks more about the bread of life, we find these words recorded,
33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
John 6:33 (NIV)
The God of the universe comes to us, His creation, from his home in Heaven to be our “bread of life.” Now there is a word picture I can wrap my head around. In the awesome delight of a simple collection of water, flour and yeast, baked to perfection, we find the image of a God who provides. The bread of this world always leaves me wanting one more slice. The bread of heaven is different,
35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry,
John 6:35a (NIV)
Bread that does not leave us hungry, bread that gives us life, that is the bread that Jesus give us. Next time you smell a fresh loaf of bread baking, or get to enjoy a fresh warm slice of bread, remember Scripture’s call to,
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
May you be filled with more and more of Christ, as you seek after Him, and may you find, by faith in the Son of God, Jesus our Christ, our Savior, our Redeemer, and our Bread of Life, a feast that lasts for all eternity.
<>< Craig “Pass me another slice, and don’t forget the butter!”