I love how the story of scripture connects even in sometimes unexpected places. Every week at our worship gatherings we celebrate communion. We break BREAD and share it with each other saying, “The body of Christ given for you.” We do this in remembrance of Jesus as he instructed… remembering his death and celebrating his resurrection, but this isn’t the first time “BREAD”shows up in the story. In the temple in Jerusalem (and in the tabernacle when the Israelites were exiled) there were always 12 loaves on a special table called shewbread which were offered as a sacrifice to God. Here’s the connection: BETHLEHEM (where Jesus was born) literally means “House of Bread”. I just think it is cool that the one who is the “Bread of Life” (John 6) was born in the “House of Bread” and then he became the sacrifice once and for all. He replaced the shewbread and any other kind of sacrifice that God required with himself.
Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice. I will never fully know what it cost you, but I am forever grateful.