This morning, while I was getting ready, Jesus reminded me of this…
“I am the living bread.”
I love this. The Gift of the Father, which is the True, Living Bread, is, has always been, and will always be living. A phrase I used a lot (I was told!) in the post Because I Am Living, You Also Will Be Living was “fully alive.” And he himself is just that.
We’re being reminded of the simplicity of Jesus, both who he is but also what he says about himself. And something caught my attention today that I hadn’t seen before. Jesus says this about our Father.
“As the living Father has sent me, and I am living through the Father…”
These words fascinate me. Jesus speaks of the Father often. But this is the only time he uses this phrase “the living Father.” In all that Jesus is saying regarding Life and living, he wants to reveal his secret to us. What is this secret?
It is that he has a Living Father, through whom Jesus himself lives, and this Living Father gives Jesus himself (the Living Bread) to us so that we might eat of him and have Life in us. Each person in the relationship is fully Living in every way possible. That is important for us. It because of these fully Living Persons making their home in us that we too are fully living. Without them, we are a shadow of who we are meant to be.
You see, when Jesus says these words to us, “Because I am living, you too will be living”, he is saying that as we are living through him, he is living through the Father. Life leads to Life leads to Life, in us.
We receive afresh today the One who is fully alive, from a Father who is fully Living too! And the fullness of that Life is within us as we eat and drink of the Living One.
As we saw recently, Jesus brings us into the same relationship that he has with the Father. “I am ascending to my Father and your Father.” He makes it so that we can know that he is our Father too. And if we know that he is our Father, do we know that he is the Living Father? What an amazing thing to know that we have a Living Father who supplies Living Bread for all our needs and the needs of others.
Eat the Living Bread, drink the Living Water.