According to recent research, one in nine people in the world (815 million people) go to bed on an empty stomach each night. At least one in three suffer from some kind of malnutrition.This is despite the fact that, in quantitative terms, the global food output is more than enough to feed every individual on planet earth. Food is essential to life; it makes up the building blocks of our bodies. Without food, we die!
In the Bible, we come across a number of occasions where we see Jesus ministering food to people in need. At one time, after spending a day teaching a huge crowd, He prayed and divided five loaves and two fish to feed that multitude of no less than five thousand people. The Bible records that “they did all eat, and were filled.” Mark 6:42. That was a miracle of God for to human understanding it is inconceivable that such little amount of food would feed such a huge crowd.
On another similar occasion, we notice Jesus feeding a crowd of four thousand with seven loaves and a few small fishes. Again, everyone there ate enough and all were filled that they left about seven baskets of remaining fragments. “He took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to His disciples to set before them….so they did eat, and were filled” Mark 8:6-8
At a wedding in Cana, the hosts ran out of wine (unfermented grape juice) for the guests in attendance. Such an occurrence, according to the times and custom was a great discourtesy and embarrassment. Jesus was called upon, and through a miracle of God, He turned water into wine to minister to the people’s need. Again we see a pattern in Jesus’ life of His readiness and willingness to minister to people’s need for food. John 2:1-10
The Bible tells us of another kind of food, far more important than physical food. “Do no labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you” John 6:27. Jesus states “I am that bread of life…this is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.” John 6:48-50. We need Jesus, the Bread of Life so that we have life and not be “dead in sins and trespasses” Ephesians 2:1. And how do we eat this food. Through reading, meditating and contemplating upon the Word of God, the Bible. Through this habit we will come in contact with Christ, the Living Bread.
Key Text: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4