Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WOYWW: Bread of Life

Here's a shelf on the right side of my desk.
I just keep changing what's on it.
I bought 3 old-fashioned jars but you can hardly see them
in this picture!!! But I know it's there! 

 This is what's on my desk this morning.
A man with a gun!!!
I was looking for a man that would symbolize Saul
persecuting the Christians in Jesus' time!

 "Saul was going everywhere to devastate the church." Acts 8:3

Chapter 8 of the Book of Acts begins with a lot of drama: "A great wave of persecution began that day (after Stephen was stoned). sweeping over the church in Jerusalem." Only the drama was very real, just as it is in the Middle East were people are being martyred, in China where the underground church flourishes in secret, in India, in Africa. 

Francis Chan tells of when he visited China, and visited an underground training place for young missionaries, aged 18-25 years old. He asked them to tell him stories. One young girl said that once she had to hide from government officials and she was so happy she was skinny, because she had to squeeze in between two boards. She could hear them looking around and she prayed hard her back pack would not be seen.  Another guy told him that there were 14 of them, and 3 govt. officials, and they just ran while they were being shot at.  They were puzzled that he was so hungry for their stories. 

"Why do you want us to tell you stories?" they asked. "Because you're all amazing!" he answered.  "Why are we amazing? Jesus said if we follow Him, we will be persecuted. Isn't it like that in your country?"  

And Francis Chan told them that where he comes from, people choose their church on the basis of how the songs are sung, or if there's parking, or if they like the people going there.  And while he was saying these things, the kids were laughing hysterically!

Yes, persecution and martyrdom are happening in many places of the globe today, just as it did in Jesus' time. This does not make sense to us. But Jesus did warn that "..if they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you...because they do not know Him who sent Me."  These martyrs willing to shed their blood for Jesus know Him, know their Father in a very real way.  Because of them, many Sauls are becoming Pauls!

 "I am the Bread of Life." John 6:35 and John 6:47
This is one of the "I AM" statements of Jesus that we can't ignore. We have to decide if this man who claims to be the the bread of life, meaning "essential" for our existence, is saying what He knows to be truth. Is he a liar? The worst kind, who knows what he is saying is false but desires to deceive others? Or is he delusional, crazy, living his own reality? He could also be a fool, couldn't he? We could say "I like Jesus. I admire Him. I like reading His words. He is wise, compassionate, but I don't believe I have to obey Him. He's not God!" Well then, who is he? Isn't He who He claims to be?

Jesus said in John 6:32: " For the bread of God is that which COMES DOWN FROM HEAVEN, and GIVES LIFE TO THE WORLD." So of course, the people hearing that said: "Lord ALWAYS GIVE US THIS BREAD!!!" They were probably looking for manna, like the bread that fell from heaven during Moses' time every single day! But today, we can have the bread of life every single minute! If we believe. If we don't believe He is God, then we will always be hungry. Always be searching. But you see, that's OK. Jesus said, "If you seek, you will find." (Matthew 7:7) Let us just keep seeking, keep asking, keep looking. Don't stop. One day we'll be able to decide and know for ourselves if this man is who He claims to be!



Joining the lovely Julia Dunnit for a 
peek at desks and projects!
I find a lot of inspiration
visiting my friends here:

Blessings!
Patsy

9 comments:

  1. Praise God that Jesus is the Bread of Life! My post this week is on the meaning of communion -- hope you'll stop by Saved by Grace for a visit! Linked up with you at Testimony Tuesdays -- thanks for sharing this beautiful post and art work!
    God bless,
    Laurie
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/

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  2. Your artwork and words are as beautiful as usual. The story about the Chinese girl makes me realize how petty the stories of many of these Christian people in the USA that claim to be persecuted are. Happy WOYWW! #35

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  3. thanks for sharing
    happy woyww have a great week
    Mrs. C.x #2
    http://craftroomdiary.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/woyww-april-22nd-2015.html

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  4. Another wonderful post! Love your drawings. God bless you!
    Carol N #45

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  5. Your artwork is always so meaningful and it's great to see how you develop it. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 30

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  6. Beautiful pictorial devotional. Thanks for sharing your faith, your talent and your heart.
    Hugs,
    Teresa

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  7. You really are an amazing artist, Patsy, and really like the prayer journal you're creating.

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  8. Another world class arts. Bravo! :)

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  9. Yep, I can just see the bobble top lids of the jars..I think a well rotated shelf is a good thing..means that you have the right things at hand! Was shocked to see a gun in your art this morning..perfect impact for the lesson!

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I am so glad you dropped by! You are a blessing!
:^) Patsy