Have you ever noticed how often we use food in our spiritual word pictures? The need for food is universally understood, even though the sorts of things we will and will not eat varies wildly. Food, no matter what our preferences, must be consumed if we want to stay alive and healthy.
That is exactly why the Scripture calls Jesus the Bread of Life. In the Old Testament, the Garden of Eden had a tree which provided life-giving fruit. Adam and Eve had to stay close to the tree if they wanted to live. In the New Testament, we learn about a life giving Bread which not only sustains us but also is available wherever we may be. You may be physically present in a land with no Bible, but with Jesus in your heart, you will always be spiritually near His life-giving bread.
With all the talk these days about going green and being good for the environment, it might be a good idea to take a look at one of the greatest green leaders in human history.
I will spare you the suspense. This great Recycler is Jesus.
Don’t laugh. Stop and think of this for a moment.
Has any green program ever taken an educated and resourceful man who was using every loophole in the law to terrorize and murder and turned that man into someone who lived and taught that “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], I am become as sounding brass, or tinkling cymbal.”
Do you know of any environmental protection proponent who goes all the way to the heart of the problem? This One actually changes hearts and minds so that decisions and actions are more pure and gentle.
Jesus did not stop with creation. He wants to re-create. He wants to take the old, broken, useless chunk of life we call our own and turn it into beautiful and useful art. Have you been recycled?