Thursday, January 23, 2014

He's the Only Bread

I don't know Pastor Richard Lauersdorf.  We've never met.  But he writes lots of devotional stuff for Northwestern Publishing House, the publishing arm of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.  Lauersdorf has blessed me again and again with his clear and encouraging presentation of Law and Gospel and of God's mercy and grace.  His book, "Together with Jesus" should be on the bookshelves or nightstand of every Christian.:

When (Jesus) described Himself as the Bread of Life, He had more than flour, shortening, and water in mind.  He meant His perfect life that would fulfill all of God's commands and His precious blood that would be spilt in full payment for all sins.  The soul, famished because of sin, can feast on Jesus' payment and be filled.  The soul, hungry for a perfect life to present to God in the judgment, can reach for Jesus' righteousness and be satisfied.  For the hungry sinner, Jesus is not just good bread.  He's the only Bread.

From the devotion for January 15.