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Bread for the Journey

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35 NRSV

Grace and peace!  Welcome to the new SouthSide Church of the Nazarene blog, a space for reflections to help you on your journey of following after Jesus.  

I’m super excited about our plans for this blog:

  • Starting in October, there will be devotions posted Monday through Friday each week, following the Intersection Bible Reading plan.  Picture this, every morning doing your Bible reading as you sip a cup of coffee, and after you’ve read the Scripture you will be able to jump on this blog where someone from your church family has shared their reflections on the reading.  This is going to be a great way for all of us to be on the journey together.
  • Until then, each week we will have one of our bloggers introduce themselves, plus share a devotional based on one of Jesus’ “I Am” statements from the Gospel of John.  It will be a good opportunity to get to know the writers who will be reading and reflecting upon the Scriptures with you each week. Let’s get this party started!

Journey has always been an important word for me.  I grew up listening to the rock band Journey, with Don’t Stop Believing being one of my favorite songs of all time.  Journey summarizes much of my theology of discipleship; I believe that being a Christian is someone who is on a journey following after Jesus with their life being transformed by the Holy Spirit.  The Church that I led prior to moving to Indiana was called Journey Church of the Nazarene.  I love the word journey because we are all on a journey.  

When Jesus told the crowd that He is the bread of life, He was referring to himself as the new manna from Heaven.  The Jews were familiar with the manna that God provided to the Israelites as they journeyed through the wilderness for 40 years.  This manna sustained and nourished them as they made their way through the tough terrain all those years. Jesus tells the crowd that He himself is the bread that will sustain and nourish them on their journey.  The crowd wanted another miracle with Jesus providing more food to fill their stomachs. Jesus was pointing to something much deeper.

Jesus desires a relationship with us. Jesus wants to communion with us, sharing a meal and conversation with us daily.  He desires to bless us and provide for us as we navigate the difficult terrain of this modern day wilderness. He is the bread for our journey.

So when you get up each morning, realize that you are not alone.  Your Savior walks beside you as you go about your day and face the challenges that confront you.  He provides everything that you need not to just survive, He provides these blessings in order for you to thrive as his sojourner.  

As you pray daily, the prayer that He taught you to pray, you are reminded that Jesus is your daily bread. Take, eat of Him, and remember how much Jesus loves you.

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