Monday, September 28, 2009

Today's Devotional

Today's Verse

Jesus replied, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. ~John 6:35 NLT
Thoughts on today's verse...

Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Are you aware of what the name Bethlehem means? It means 'house of bread'. Isn't that awesome? And Jesus was referred to as the 'bread that was broken'.

Have you ever participated in a Passover Seder? There is the custom of afikomen or the dessert matzoh. In some families, a child 'steals' the afikomen and hides it for the parents to find and earns a reward to return it if parents can't find it while in others, parents hide the afikomen and the children look for it at the end of the meal. The child, who finds it, gets the reward. This piece of matzoh is 'ransomed'. Does this sound familiar to the Christian?

It is also a custom during the Passover meal where three pieces of matzoh are used, covered in a napkin and placed in a basket. When it is time to use the matzoh for the meal - breaking the bread and sharing the cup, the center piece is removed and broken. Could these three matzohs symbolize the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?

Jesus has been depicted as the final Passover Lamb in the New Testament of the Bible who was sacrificed. The unleavened bread was to represent Jesus' body and wine to represent his blood and the New Covenant. Jesus himself took the place of the traditional lamb.

I can only tell you for certain, I never truly understood communion until I had participated in a Passover Seder. If you ever have the opportunity to participate, I encourage you to do so.
My prayer...

My Lord and My God, thank You for being the lamb that was slain. Thank You for being the bread that was broken. Thank You for satisfying our thirst and our hunger! In Your name I pray ~Amen!

Your, because we're His,

Tamara