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Heart of Faith


Pastor Inge Whittemore

East Nelson Church 9024 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs MI. 49319 | (616)- 696-0661 | eastnelsonumc@yahoo.com

I was blessed to visit the place where it is believed that Jesus fed 5,000 people with a few loaves and fishes. I was on a tour of the Holy Land and we’d taken a picturesque boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to where the Church of the Loaves and Fishes stands in commemoration. It is not far from the town of Capernaum. 

I thought about the people who chased after Jesus and met up with him the next day asking for yet another sign. “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35 NIV).

The people shook their heads in disbelief. They were stuck in their old thinking and couldn’t really hear Jesus. I thought about the trust needed to accept the life- giving bread of Jesus. It means we need to have faith that God will provide all we need. It also means that by trusting in God we will be satisfied but the problem is some of us always want more.

We need real soul food. The questioners ask Jesus for a sign but they had already received a sign. This story, told in all four gospels, tells of people being fed by a few loaves and fish and it is so similar to the wilderness story of bread. Manna was plentiful and easy to receive for the wandering Israelites.   

Are we eating from the bread of today? Are we stuck on our ways of worship, our political thought, our ideas of strength and opportunity? Are we eating a low calorie kind of diet of religious convenience that satisfies our own particular wants, rather than dining at the table loaded with the food that endures. Are we holding on to our manna overnight only to discover it’s spoiled and we are hungry again in the morning?

You see, this is not a just past tense story of how Moses gave bread and Jesus fed the thousands. It is a current story of how God gives bread even today. Those questioners of Jesus may have eaten bread (and fish) the prior day on the hillside but they missed the miracle that happened then and was still happening because the true “Bread of Life” stood directly in front of them. They missed it.

Martin Luther tells us that the whole of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are summed up in just two little words—for you. The body of our Lord Jesus Christ given for you. The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ shed for you.

This is the heart of faith! The God of all creation is the same God who loves us so much that he gave his life for ours on the cross and gives himself in simple bread and wine. Don’t go hungry! Don’t starve yourself! Come to the table and eat.

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