The Bread of Life: He’s My Savior

by Pamela Rose Williams · Print Print · Email Email

I was 30 years old before I was introduced to the most important person in my life. Growing up I heard a lot about Him, but I never knew why He had to die on the cross. I did not know that it was such a personal thing. Since I met my Savior, I have come to learn that He is the one who sustains me through all of life’s ups and downs. Because of Him I am promised eternal life in heaven with Him and God His Father.  His name is Jesus and He is the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

It All Started When

The kids were growing up and my husband and I knew a family that we admired for how they were raising their kids. We said we wanted that and realized that this family spent time in church. So we decided we needed to get back to church. I was raised in one denominational church and my husband was nearly unchurched growing up. I owned a Bible and even enjoyed reading the New Testament. My husband also owned a Bible and liked the historical books of the Old Testament.

Foundation for the Hunt

We were both employed in highly technical jobs and were quite analytical so finding a church for our family was simply a process of making a list and then hunting until we found one that fit our list, right? Well, we knew there were lots of churches out there and even went to the library (that was back in the day before the Internet) and found a book on several hundred denominations in America.

After some time we came to the realization that the book we needed to be reading was the Bible. After all, we both believed it was the word of God and since the church was the house of God it only made sense that everything we needed to find that perfect church was right there in “The Book”. So we began to study. We asked questions like “Who is God”, “Is there a Trinity”, “What is baptism” and so on. We came up with a pretty extensive list of questions to which we found answers in the Bible.

Our study took about 6 months as we consulted the Bible for answers to our questions. As we looked through the pages Michael would remember something he read in the Old Testament while I often remembered things that I read in the New Testament and we began to see a patterns. Patterns of commands and promises. Patterns of prophecies and fulfillment of prophecy. Patterns of faith and faithfulness.

And then There’s John

We began to really get to know this man named Jesus when we got to the book of John. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1, 14). This Jesus, He left His throne in heaven and came down to this planet. He dwelt among us. What kind of man would want to leave His heavenly home and come down to this miserable planet? We soon learned that this was the kind of man — and God — that had such unconditional love for the entire world that He gave His life as a ransom for ours.

As children we were taught that if we were good enough we could have a home in heaven when we die. We were taught wrong! We can not be good enough, no one can be good enough, no not one (Romans 3:10). John led us to the truth that since Jesus is God, He is the only One qualified to pay our ransom. The Bible taught us that all we needed to do was believe that and our home in heaven (eternal life) is guaranteed (John 3:15).

You see we were not looking for a church at all. What we needed was a Savior and as we spent time reading the precious word of God, He introduced us to His Word … His only begotten Son. We came upon the day of our salvation during that study and have loved the Bible and all it teaches ever since. We also found a church of Bible believing Christians and as we continued to spend time in His Word and with His people we began to see positive change in our lives.

It is a Personal Choice

"And Jesus said unto them, 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

“And Jesus said unto them, 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

Jesus can be your Savior too. You see, Jesus is God’s Son and on Christmas we celebrate His birth. The Bible says that no one is good enough to be with God in heaven when they leave this planet because God is holy and His home in heaven is holy. But God is merciful so He gave His Son as a gift to be offered as the Perfect Lamb sacrifice to pay the penalty of death that we all owe because of sin (Romans 6:23).

And here’s the thing: Jesus did not have to die because He was and is perfect!  He did it in our place, as our substitute. Here are some Bible verses that talk about the simple gospel that Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead:

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” (1 Corinthians 15:-4)

Whose Debt is it?

We have a debt we can not pay and Jesus took our sin debt upon Himself and paid the debt He did not owe.  Isn’t that good news? If you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sins as a gift from God and understand that there is nothing you can do to earn it, then you have the confidence of knowing that when you die you will spend eternity with God and no one can ever take that away from you (Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:8,9; 4:30 John 10:27-29).

But I am Not Good Enough

Perhaps you have thought to yourself when you have heard this good news presented to you that you are not good enough. Maybe you have thought that you have done too many dreadful things to be worthy. Maybe you are concerned that you do not know enough about the Bible to be a Christian. Or maybe you are so used to your lifestyle that you think is impossible for you to follow Jesus.

Here is the fact of the matter: regardless of what you have been taught, how bad you are or have been in the past, or what church you attend (or don’t attend), salvation is available to everyone, including you! Here are some Bible verses that talk about God’s grace extended to any, all,  every one, whosoever and the world (emphasis in the verses is mine):

John 10:9  I am the door: by me if ANY man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Acts 10:36  The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of ALL)

Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto ALL and upon ALL them that believe: for there is no difference

1 Corinthians 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall ALL be made alive.

Matthew 10:32  WHOSOEVER therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 10:33  But WHOSOEVER shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 16:25  For WHOSOEVER will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

John 3:15  That WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16  For God so loved the WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 11:26 And WHOSOEVER liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

John 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that EVERY ONE which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Do Not Delay

What is stopping you from believing in the Gospel, or good news, of the Bible? Remember what I have shared?

Jesus died for OUR sins and rose from the dead.

Jesus died for MY sins and rose from the dead.

Jesus died for YOUR sins and rose from the dead.

Believe in what Jesus did for you today. You do not have to make Him your Lord first…actually you cannot make Him Lord until you have the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3). The Bible says He must first be your Savior and then “after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed” you will receive the Holy Spirit who will give you the power to make Him your Lord. You do the believing and let the Holy Spirit help you to walk in newness of life.

Jesus will bring you through any trial that you might face on this planet. He is the Bread of Life, He said it Himself:

John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

He’s my Savior, He can be yours too.

Jesus Lives!  Let Him provide for you the Bread of Life to sustain you today and for eternity.

Interested in reading another personal testimony? Take a look at this one:

How I Was Set Free in Prison

Resource – The Holy Bible – King James Version. YouTube video “I Am the Bread of Life” by John Michael Talbot

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Josh April 13, 2013 at 8:15 am

Pam,

Thanks for sharing this wonderful testimony. I loved the part where you thought you were looking for a church but found out you were searching for a Savior. This was inspiring to read today!

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Pamela Rose Williams April 13, 2013 at 8:30 am

Praise God for drawing us to The Word through His Word.

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Jerilyn April 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

That you so so much Pam for this wonderful lesson, it has helped me in my new and recent walk with Our Lord.

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Pamela Rose Williams April 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm

All Glory to God Jerilyn!

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Mr A Cotton April 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I forgot a certain quote that Jesus said.
It was “Which is easier to say I forgive you your sins or ?
I would very much appreciate Pamela if you could tell me the full quote,and what is meant by it.
I am having a problem about forgiveness. I can say forgive me God,but the doubt has come back about accepting it.
It`s the sin of masturbation which I have done all my life. I asked Derek a couple of days ago,and I felt better,but it only lasted a couple of days. Being an x catholic,and i am 64 yrs old doesn`t help either,because they drum it into you. I just can`t believe God could forgive me for what I am doing.A priest says it`s a habit God knows this,and he said rely on God. The priest bit was when I was in my twenties. Jack also said quite a bit back trust in God,and i can`t remember what else he told me. I am just letting you know I have just stumbled here by chance(God) Thanks

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Pamela Rose Williams April 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I think you are thinking of when Jesus healed the man that was sick with palsy, He said “For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk” (Matthew 9:5)

Now regarding the other things that you discussed with my brothers Derek and Jack. I am sure they gave you good counsel right from God’s word. Regarding bad habits, which is what all sin is … you must replace it with a good habit. Try reading a Proverb whenever that sinful thing enters your mind. You will never run out of the word of God so this is a good daily or more often thing to do.

Thank you for dropping in again Mr. Cotton, it is always nice to see you.

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Mr A Cotton April 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Has I said I have had this all my life,and yes Jack,and Derek gave me very good counseling on this.
I think you have missed my point it`s when I ask for Gods forgiveness,and for a couple of days after Derek told me about having to forgive his wife pretty constantly. He said rely on God,and something else. I felt good,and I briefly felt that God did forgive me,and more to the point I meant it.
I find it very hard that God can forgive me,and the most important point to be sincere.
Thanks for your words of advice Pamela.

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Jean-Marc April 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Thank you very much for this blessed article thank you Pamela and thank you Lord Jesus

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Pamela Rose Williams April 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Hello Jean-Mark. Thank you for your kind words. This is a true story!

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OLABUJA E SEGUN April 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm

LOVELY, GOD BLESS.

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Derek Hill April 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Isn’t God amazing! He takes the broken shattered pieces of our lives and makes a beautiful stained glass window. Wonderful testimony Pam!

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Pamela Rose Williams April 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm

AMEN! God writes the best true stories, doesn’t He?

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Barbara Tanne April 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Amen! So amazing!I am so blessed and touched by your sharing. I use 1 corinthias 12.3 when I am weak and it works for me. Praise God!
Mal. 4.2: But for you who obey me, my saving power will rise on you like the sun brings healing like the sun rays. You will be as free and happy as calves let out of a stall. Praise God and may His Spirit continue to guide and bless you.

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CN Life Initiative November 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I think for many the Exposure discover of Christ happens early and often. It’s the maturing and relationship we tend to find later in life after we actually understand the experience of His (God’s) love for us.

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