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Bread of Life

WLC Day #17

Isaiah threw up.

It hasn't happened in the past year but it did happen the other day. When Isaiah doesn't eat enough dinner then he wakes up uncomfortably hungry. So hungry that he will cry and get worked up enough to vomit. It's almost predictable when it will happen, because the morning Isaiah throws up is right after the night Isaiah refuses to eat more than a couple bites of his dinner. But this time it was a bit different.

Katie made a delicious sweet potato/apple/sausage dish (Paleo friendly) and the kids loved it. We all gobbled it down and made satisfied lip-smacking sounds as we finished off the last couple bites. Katie was impressed. Usually the kids don't respond this enthusiastically about eating unfamiliar dishes. So Katie didn't think anything of it when she put them to bed that night. They ate their portions and seemed content with their dinner.

Later that night, when I got home from rehearsal, the first thing I did was grab a snack. I was surprisingly hungry. Katie mentioned that she also was hungry, and we figured it must be that the Paleo diet we have been eating is easier for our bodies to digest and therefore we get hungry sooner. We both ate our Paleo-friendly snack and went to bed and didn't think anything of it further.

Then Isaiah threw up. It was 7:00am and the sound of his whimpering came creeping out from his room.

It wasn't until after Isaiah threw up that we realized he hadn't had a snack like we did, so he probably got hungry overnight.

That's why people invented bread! I shared with Katie. Bread takes your body longer to digest and acts as a filler to tide you over until you can get more nutritious food.

Katie suggested that we add bread back into our kids' diet, even though we are staying away from it ourselves.

No, let's just remember to give them a healthy snack before bedtime and see how that plays out first.

And then I realized why Jesus called Himself the Bread of Life. Bread was a staple in people's diets because it delayed hunger. People have been using bread to keep kids from throwing up from the Great Depression all the way back to the 7 year famine in Egypt. Grains are a good source of carbs and gives the body something to chew on while we wait for more nutritious food.

Jesus was making a direct correlation with the dietary concerns of His day--we need something that will keep us from being hungry. Jesus offered that He was the sustenance that people needed. In fact, He was the epitome of fulfilling hunger. When you had the Bread of Life, you would never go hungry again. Jesus completely satisfies any lingering spiritual hunger. He fulfills it once and for all. There is no going to bed spiritually hungry when you have Jesus to fill your soul.

Jesus is not condoning bread consumption when He calls Himself the Bread of Life, rather He is saying that He can fulfill your spiritual appetite better than bread can satisfy your physical appetite.

John 6:27, 35
 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.
I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

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