Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
Question: What did Jesus teach us about “bread” and “grace”?
Answer: During the time of Moses and the Prophets, the children of Israel were “fed” by the Word of God. This was the Truth given to them in a way they could use and understand. It was often in the form of laws, which they were told to obey. But when Jesus came, he brought a new type of “bread:” “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by
Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17)
Jesus demonstrated God’s grace and abundance by providing food to thousands of people who had come to him to be fed by Truth. Jesus was proving one of God’s laws. Mary Baker Eddy explains:
“Jesus taught and proved that what feeds a few feeds all.” (My. 303:20-21)
Jesus used the concept of bread as a symbol for the Truth that was the Christ. He told his followers:
“I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall
never thirst.” (John 6:35)
We also read that “as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.” (Matt. 26:26)
Although other religions have various interpretations of the above passage, in Christian
Science we learn that “this true flesh and blood were his Life; and they truly eat his flesh and drink his blood, who partake of that divine Life.” (S&H 25:10)
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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