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Work for your Bread

So I was talking with my brother in Christ the other day and we were going over an interesting passage in the book of John. And I found an awesome and interesting connection with Jesus being the bread of Life and the curse from the Garden. Let’s check it out.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.  But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.  For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

John 6:35‭-‬40 NASB1995

So we know that Jesus is calling himself the bread of life here. Not only that, but that this bread is able to fulfill you and cause you to hunger no more. And He also says that He is the water that will cause you to thirst no more. He is this ultimate fulfillment of human longing. But with this idea of Jesus as bread and water, there is a connection with the curse in the Garden.

Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life.

Genesis 3:17 NASB1995

Part of the curse that was put onto Adam was that he would have to toil to eat of the fruit of the ground. The actually definition of toil is to work extremely hard. So to eat of the bread, and thus to satisfy one’s hunger, man has to work very hard. But what about this bread that supplies everlasting satisfaction, to never be hungry again? You see the interesting part about this everlasting bread is that you don’t have to work for it. It is freely given. All that is required from you is to eat it. The curse of toiling for food is lifted. Because Jesus became the curse, and provided himself as the everlasting food.

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree ”—

Galatians 3:13 NASB1995

So I want you guys to remember today that we don’t have to toil for Jesus. He is a gift freely given by the Father and of Himself. He loves all of you and wants you to be with Him. Take some time today to connect with Him today.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

Ephesians 2:8 NASB1995

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