June 10th, 2018

Read: JOHN 6:25-40 & PSALM 78:18-25

Third Sunday After Pentecost

"Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall no longer hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst." (JOHN 6:35)


The baker kneaded the barley dough, let it rise, and  put it into the hot oven. Little did he know that no one would ever eat it. The baker lived in Pompeli, a Roman city at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. The year was AD 79. On that day, the volcano erupted, spewing molten rock and gas and burying everyone under a thick layer of hot ash.

Bread has been a staple since ancient times. Bread meant life: Gideon asked for bread to feed his weary troops (Judges 8:5), Elijah asked for bread from the widow at Zarephath (1 Kings 17:13), Jesus fed more than five thousand people with two fish and five loaves of bread (Mark 6:38-44).

As the bread of life, Jesus reminds us that He is essential nourishment for our lives. Today, we thankfully eat His body and drink His blood in remembrance of Him. The Lord's Supper nourishes us in forgiveness for kingdom service.

Several decades ago, the Pompeli baker's bread was discovered still in its the oven, which was uncovered during and archeology dig. More important, archeology revealed Christian symbols in this doomed city. The true bread from Heaven is able to save eternally.

"When I fall on my knees, With my face to rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me." Amen!

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Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

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