The Bûche de Noël was always a fitting end to our Christmas meals in France. This rolled sponge cake filled with buttercream was made to look like the traditional log burnt on Christmas Eve in times past. They are often decorated with little figures made of marzipan and meringue We always enjoyed the ones with ice cream fillings. Having such a rich dessert after a heavy meal can sometimes be too much of a good thing!
In today’s verse, Jesus declared Himself the bread of life. Bread is the perfect symbol of what is needed for daily sustenance. He did not use the symbol of a rich gooey dessert as He provides just what is needed. Often after too much dessert there is regret, but one can never have too much of Him! He satisfies our hunger perfectly. We are full without discomfort. But there is a condition according to this verse. We are simply to come to Him.
I often do not recognize my hunger. There are days when I am soul sick because I am feeding on what does not satisfy. That fancy pastry the world offers can be a big distraction. But instead of feeling full and satisfied, I am left feeling a little queasy. But when I go to Jesus, He more than satisfies what my soul really craves. He offers Himself: His love, His peace, His joy. Everything else is a poor substitute.
“Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.” Thank you Lord, for being everything I need today.