Sunday, 21st February, 2021
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat" (John 6:31)
What we read in our theme verse was the Lord Jesus addressing the Jews. In verses 32-33, He continued, “…Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.”
Then in the forty-ninth verse, He further emphasised His point: “Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die” (John 6:49-50). Jesus is the Living Bread; the bread which came down from heaven.
He explained this to His disciples in John 6:51, saying, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Then the Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 10:17, explains how this connects to us. He said, “For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.” If we’re one bread with Him, it therefore means we have the same life, because we’re born of the Word (1 Peter 1:23), just as He is the Word made flesh (John 1:14).
Colossians 1:18 says, “And he (Christ) is the head of the body, the church….” The head and the body share the same life. If we share His life, then we also share His health, prosperity, strength and glory. No wonder He calls us, “Partakers of the divine nature”; associates of the God-kind. 1 John 4:17 says, “…as he is, so are we in this world.” You’re of the same stock with Christ. Therefore, walk as He walked—in glory, righteousness, strength and dominion.
"Blessed be God! I’m one with the Lord, because I’m born of His living and eternal Word! My ancestry is divine; I’m indomitable, and live above the elements of this world. I reign and rule gloriously in the realm of life, through Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!"
Ephesians 5:30; 1 John 4:17; 1 Corinthians 10:17 AMPC
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Mark 5:1-20 & Leviticus 19-21
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 16:13-20 & Exodus 2