Jesus: Bread or Jam?

Recently, in the services which I have led, I have been talking about the various passages in John’s gospel where Jesus says “I am …”. These have included “I am the Light of the World” and “I am the Good Shepherd”. On Harvest Sunday morning, we remembered that Jesus said “I am the Bread of Life” and thought about what that means. At that service, the church was decorated with flowers and a variety of produce including home-grown and shop-bought fruit and vegetables together with loaves of bread, jars of jam and the like. Reading the words of Jesus in chapter 6 of John’s Gospel, I was struck by one particular aspect of what Jesus meant when he said “I am the Bread of Life”. Bread is a stap

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