Sermon delivered September 27, 1997

by Pastor Donald J Gettys

McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church

McDonald, Tennessee

Free Bread

Communion Service

This morning I would like to talk to you about Jesus, the Bread of Life. He is the Bread of Life. I had bread this morning for breakfast. a piece of toast. Home-made bread. Bread is good.

The idea of Jesus being the Bread of Life, you know, He's called, "Lord". Many people called Jesus, "Lord" in the New Testament. Matthew 14:30 (NIV), Peter called Him "Lord". It says, "But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!"

In the Greek language, LORD (Kurios) means Supreme Being. The Anglo-Saxon word LORD comes from the time the Lord lived in a big strong castle and controlled the food of his vassals. In those days it meant the KEEPER OF THE BREAD. So the word, Lord is very significant.

Jesus patented the LORDS SUPPER. Jesus is the keeper of the bread. In fact, Jesus is that bread. The Bread of Life. Jesus was born in BETHLEHEM. The word, BETH, means Bread. LEHEM means House. So, Bethlehem means the house of bread. Jesus the Bread of the world was born in The House of Bread, in Bethlehem. He's the Lord, the keeper of the bread. A lot has to do with Jesus the Bread. The living bread came down from Heaven and was born in Bethlehem. Jesus came to satisfy our spiritual hunger.

John 6:33-35 (NIV): "For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. 'Sir,' they said, 'from now on give us this bread.' Then Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry,'" That Bread is free. You can go out and pay two dollars for a loaf of bread. Maybe more than two dollars. Jesus is free. The Bread of Life is free. It's Bread that satisfies your hunger. It satisfies you thirst.

Rev 22:17 (NIV): "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!' Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift, of the water of life." The water of life and the bread of life are free. That's a wonderful thought.

Romans 3:24- NIV- we are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 2:12 (NIV): "We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us."

Come over here to Mark 14:22 (NIV). I want you to know that this bread is free. Probably the only free bread you'll ever get, other than when you're a child living at home with your parents you get bread free, don't you? You don't even have to earn it. But I want you to know that Jesus is your Father and you're His child and that's why you get it free. Okay, Mark 14:22: "While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take it; this is my body.'" There's never any charge for bread. He gave it to them. Imagine the Bread of Life giving Bread to fill His disciples bread baskets. I like that. Did the Disciples have to earn that bread? They didn't have to earn it, they were His children.

Everything about the Lords Supper was free. They did not pay for the room or the food or the drink. Mark 14:14, 15 (NIV): "'Say to the owner of the house he enters, 'The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.'"

It was furnished and ready. Just like Heaven is sitting there furnished and ready for the saints to come marching in. Free of any and all charges. A gift from Jesus.

During the great depression a little girl came to school one day in a large city and laid her head on the desk and cried. The caring teacher came to her desk and said, "Honey, why are you crying?" She said, "I'm hungry!" "Didn't you eat breakfast this morning?" asked the teacher. "No," answered the little girl, "It was not my day to eat."

The great tragedy today is that we are all stuffed and full of cheap moldy worldly bread - (Ezekiel 16:49). Oh, that we would hunger for the Bread of Life. Jesus would fill us with the bread of life. Today, Jesus the bread of life still offers His wonderful free bread to us.

John 6:54(NIV): "'Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.'"

But, Do we really desire the Bread of life? The other day I pulled up to stop at an intersection and there stood a poor man out in the rain begging for food. He had a sign, "Hungry. Will work for food"! How many of you think he was hungry? He doubtless earned more money that day than I did.

So often come to church we say, "I'm hungry for spiritual Bread." Are we really hungry for spiritual bread? If you're hungry for spiritual Bread, God is going to give you spiritual Bread, and that Bread is Jesus. If you hunger for Jesus, you can have Jesus. You will be satisfied. You will be filled. "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him." When we eat of the bread today we are really asking for Jesus to come into our heart and be the food for our starving soul.

John 6:56 - 58 (NIV): "'Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever."

At this point in the communion service, the congregation separates to rooms to observe the foot-washing, the ordinance of humility. Shortly they will return to eat the bread and drink of the cup.

Opening Hymn: 39
Scripture Reading: John 6:53-58
Closing Hymn: 271 Break thou the bread of life.

970927 GETTYS #155

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