Christ set up the temporary in a way to remind us of the eternal. What is ephemeral? What is eternal? The difference is quite possibly a matter of the heart.
This series is bread in biblical contexts with contemporary references: The first temptation of Christ, the last supper, manna in the desert, the feeding of the 5000, etc. This work revolves around the question of hunger and what bread can and can not do. Bread can speak to abundance and the power to provide but it’s only temporary. It doesn’t answer the supreme hunger of life: transcendence. The way bread is referenced through Christ in the gospels is fascinating. The victory over a temptation to turn stones to bread illustrates the potential violation that comes with the power of provision: materialism. Such triumph points to the fact that we are more than what we eat. The feeding of the 5000 speaks to the power of provision through compassion. The Last supper speaks to Christ himself being the sacrifice for our sins that gives us all eternal significance and a reunited relationship with our creator now and beyond death.
"Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty." (John 6:35 NIV)
- Craig Hawkins
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