A Sermon for Mid-Lent Sunday at the Danish Lutheran Church of Vancouver, B.C.

Ex 16:11–18
or Ps 145:8–16
2Pe 1:3–11
Jn 6:24–35, [36–37]

Today is about food and being hungry.

We are not starving here in Canada; however, I think we all know the feeling of being hungry.

I am sure we have all tried to be hungry and we all know how well it feels to get something to eat and share a good meal.

The people around Jesus were hungry too.

And they where out looking for Jesus because they knew he could do miracles with food.

Jesus was not anything like a chef or a good cook. But so many people had seen Jesus perform a real miracle involving food. Jesus was feeding 5000 people with just a few breads.

5000 people ate and was full just from a little bread.

And now they were all hungry again!

Listen: 24So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to the city of Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

28Then they said to Jesus, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” 29Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

We don’t have to get in a boat and sail out somewhere to get food today.

And bread, bread is something everybody knows about here in the Danish Church.

Where can we get Danish rye bread?

Jesus does not mention anything about rye bread, but we all know that rye bread is what I should have brought for the table today instead of this very pretty, but not very healthy white bread.

However, man does not live by bread alone.

So, we have Easter eggs too today.

We have so many traditions with eggs at Eastertime.

And we are going to have some Easter-fun today; because we need more than bread to live; we need fun too.

We need food when we are hungry, but we need spiritual food too. We need traditions, we need something we can share and do together.

And that is why the bread we have here at service is nothing like rye bread. At the altar the bread we get is different, we get a tiny little piece of bread to remind us that Christ will fill our spiritual hunger.

Because we need more than bread.

And at Eastertime we have eggs to demonstrate that man shall not live by bread alone.

I need some help to demonstrate with these eggs!

If you brake the shell of an egg a new thing comes forth. The shell must brake for something new to come forth. There is more than meets the eye.

When the shell brakes something new meets the eye. Even new life can brake through a shell.

Man shall not live by bread alone, there is more to life than meets the eye.

We need so much more than bread to live, this is what Jesus reminds us today; we need to feed our spiritual hunger.

Everybody needs more than bread; we need a roof over our heads, we would like to see our kids do well and we want a meaningful life.

We don’t just work to get bread, there is more to life. Even more than meets the eye.

Let us try to look beyond the shell.

Look for the miracles on the inside.

New life can brake through if we just let it.

Now we have all heard it, so onward then in the name of Jesus.