The flat piece of unleavened bread may look odd, but it has deep spiritual meaning.
[Darris McNeely] If you’ve ever looked at a piece of unleavened bread, it’s very thin, almost flat. Sometimes it doesn’t look very appetizing. They can be made up to taste pretty good by someone who knows what they’re doing – peanut butter’s really good on them – but what we eat during the Days of Unleavened Bread teach us some profound lessons for us. In this part 2 of the Bread of Life, we’re focusing off of Christ’s statement in Matthew chapter 4 where He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4 Matthew 4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
American King James Version×). As we bring that into the concept or into the teaching of the Days of Unleavened Bread, there is an even deeper understanding and lesson for us to learn, and it really comes from some other teaching that Jesus gave in John chapter 6, in a very long passage and section of Scripture. He begins in about – we can begin in verse 33 and move through this passage. Jesus had just performed a miracle of multiplying loaves of bread and fishes for a multitude of people, and then He used that as an object lesson to His disciples to teach an even deeper spiritual point for their lives. They had a hard time understanding it, but what He was teaching them is that He was that bread. He said, “For the bread that God is He which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” And He said, “I am the bread of life”. A bread of life. This is what Jesus said that He was. He said, “He that comes to Me, he shall never hunger. He that believes on Me shall never thirst.” Again, He repeated, “I am that bread of life that comes down from heaven, and that a man may eat thereof and not die. I am the living bread which came from heaven. If any man eats of this bread, he shall live forever. The bread that I give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” This goes on through verse 51. A very deep teaching (John 6:32-51 John 6:32-51 32 Then Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world. 34 Then said they to him, Lord, ever more give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you, That you also have seen me, and believe not. 37 All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father’s will which has sent me, that of all which he has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees the Son, and believes on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. 42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he said, I came down from heaven? 43 Jesus therefore answered and said to them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes to me. 46 Not that any man has seen the Father, save he which is of God, he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me has everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 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.
American King James Version×).
As we observe the Days of Unleavened Bread, as we eat unleavened bread for that seven-day festival, during that period according to God’s teaching, we are eating that bread, which as we showed from the first installment in this, is really looking at the life of Jesus Christ. Paul said in Galatians 2:20 Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
American King James Version×that, “The life that I now live, I live by the faith in the Son of God in me”. Jesus was saying in this passage in John 6 that He is the bread of life, and to eat His flesh and eat that symbolic bread then is to picture the spiritual life of God within us through the Holy Spirit. And that comes about as a result of repentance and faith and baptism, the laying on of hands, accepting that sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Passover lamb, and endeavoring intent with full commitment to overcome sin, to put that out of our lives, and to put the life of Christ within us to make sure that that happens, and that that sin stays out of our lives. Do that, Jesus said, and you will live forever.
I’ve been keeping this biblical Festival of Unleavened Bread for more than five decades in my life, and every year I learn a whole lot more as I go through it and I observe it and reflect upon the spiritual teaching that God has for all of us. The bread of life – it’s a very critical, important part of Christ’s teaching. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Make sure that you are eating that bread of life, the word of God, and that Christ’s life is in you.
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