Monday, December 5, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Bread

Bread 
- Roy Lessin

Our forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as the Scripture says, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat. Jesus then said to them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Moses did not give you the Bread from heaven [what Moses gave you was not the Bread from heaven], but it is My Father Who gives you the true heavenly Bread. For the Bread of God is He Who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world. Then they said to Him, Lord, give us this bread always (all the time)! Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, John 6:31-35 AMP


Jesus is Bread. 

He doesn’t have bread to give us; He is the Bread He gives us.
He is the Bread of the Passover—Unleavened. Striped. Pierced.
He is the Bread of the Tabernacle—Made with fine flour. Bread of the assembly and Bread of the individual. The Bread of God’s presence, whose face shines upon you.
He is the Bread of Bethlehem—Sent from Heaven. Given for all who receive.
He is the broken Bread—the Bread of Emmaus, the Bread of Melchizedek, the Bread of the wilderness.

Bread is not made to be displayed, to be admired, to be studied, to be analyzed, to be compared with other breads, to be used as a center piece, or to be packaged. Bread is not made to educate or entertain; it is made to sustain. Bread is to be eaten.

Jesus is the Living Bread. He is the Bread of communion, the Bread of fellowship, the Bread of covenant, the Bread of healing and wholeness, the Bread of intimacy, the Bread of revelation, and the Bread of blessing.

By faith, receive Him, eat of Him, delight in Him, partake of Him. He is fresh Bread, daily Bread.
Take as much as you can, again and again, there will always be enough and more than enough.
Jesus is Bread baked in the oven of  affliction. The Bread of our sorrows and the Bread of our tears. He is the Bread of all mercies, the Bread of all compassion, and the Bread of all grace.

Bread of life.
Bread of glory.
Bread of beauty.
Bread of health.
Bread of deliverance.
Bread of joyful journeys.


Bread of Heaven, feed me…nourish my soul…fill my hunger… be my strength. Be in every fiber of my being, in every heartbeat, in every longing, in every hope, in every work, in every step, in every plan, in every purpose.

©2016 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow, photo by Marina Bromley, Marina's Kitchen Table. Reprint permissions at meadowrequests@gmail.com  This post first appeared online in 12/2008. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Meeting in the Meadow: Our Home

Our Home
by Roy Lessin

That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 

Jesus came to us from heaven, lived among us, and returned to heaven. Heaven is His home and it is ours. Jesus talked a lot about heaven and told us that He was going there to prepare a place for us, and what a place it must be!


One of the things that the Holy Spirit is working within the hearts of God’s people is the knowledge that heaven is greater than anything we have ever thought about or imagined. Reading books about heaven, looking at paintings about heaven, or even listening to stories about heaven don’t help us very much. These sources are much too limited to give us a full account.

The Bible mentions heaven many times, but it does not tell us a lot about the details of heaven. The Scripture passage in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 may explain why. It appears that the subject of heaven and what God has ahead for us is so big, so great, so awesome, and so overwhelmingly magnificent that God could only say, “If I painted it, your eye couldn’t grasp it all; if I told it, your ear couldn’t absorb it all; if I wrote it; your mind couldn’t imagine it all.”

Often, people who do not listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying, tend to minimize heaven. They think that life here on earth (based on what they have seen, heard, or imagined) is as good as it gets. Their concept of heaven is not very exciting, but rather dull, monotonous and boring; they know nothing of the language, the sounds, the sights, and the realities of heaven.

What is God saying to you in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10? He is saying, “Have you seen snow capped mountains, rushing rivers, white-sand beaches, rain forests, or redwood forests? Have you been to Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, or Yellowstone? Have you toured the seven natural wonders of the world? Even if you have seen them all, they cannot begin to describe what your eyes will see in heaven. You will have to see it for yourself, for even if I used every word you can presently understand, or let your imagination explore its farthest boundaries, you would not grasp it. I have sent the Holy Spirit to let you in on some of my secrets; to let you know that it’s all true; to assure you that its better than you think; to fan the flame of your hope; to give you a foretaste of things to come; and to assure you that at my right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” 


“There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of ‘Heaven’ ridiculous by saying they do not want ‘to spend eternity playing harps’. The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them.”
-C.S. Lewis.

© 2016 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. Used with permission. Photo property of Marina Bromley, Marina's Kitchen Table. For reprint information, please email meadowrequests@gmail.com