“The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey”.
Ex 16:31 NIV
We live in a sacramental world. A sacrament is a way by which God gives himself to us through a physical, material substance which we can see and handle every day. It carries with it an aura of mystery – the Almighty Sovereign God can convey himself in an ordinary piece of something that is just that – ordinary, until God vests himself in it. It reminds us that God is not just Spirit. He is part and parcel of the physical world he has created. That also means the physical world is his and is under his sovereign control.
Most communions of the Christian church celebrate Holy Communion in some form or other. This sacred celebration is a reminder of Christ’s death, his last supper and his resurrection. But further than that it harks back to the manna God gave his people in the desert. It also proclaims that Christ is the bread of life and therefore that Christ was in those desert meals. They pointed forward to the ultimate gift of God, his only Son, to his people to be their life and their food, not only in the desert but always. And this Christian sacrament points to the great feast in heaven beyond this world and this life.
There in the wilderness, by the lakeside where Christ fed the multitude, at the last supper in the upper room where he called the bread his body, in the “Lamb’s great bridal feast of bliss and love” God gives his life to give us – LIFE. Eat, drink and be satisfied – for ever.
Lord, let me evermore feed on this bread.