Bread from Heaven

With the beautiful simplicity which characterizes the Bible narratives, the Master's disciples depict that wonderful drama which took place upon the hills of Judea, where five thousand people, seated upon the grass and divided into companies of fifty and one hundred, were fed with a few loaves and fishes. Thus was portrayed the power of Spirit to improve upon a sense of human good, and through spiritual sense show what our Leader describes on page 31 of Science and Health, where she says, "It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus 'the resurrection and the life, to all who follow him in deed."

The futility of that sense of materiality which would find the substance of demonstration in the satisfaction of the flesh, is rebuked in the sixth chapter of John, where the Master, speaking of his spiritual identity, the Christ, Truth, declares: "I am that bread of life. Your father did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven ... if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever." That man does not live by bread alone, but by every word of God, was declared by both Moses and the Master, and the demonstration of the manna in the desert and the feeding of the five thousand were evidences of the power of Truth to meet the human need.

Education in the Sunday School
April 19, 1919

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