Jesus refers to himself as the bread of life (Jn 6:35). The Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is the same Spirit living in us (Ro 8:11). We are the body of Christ (1 Co 12:27) and his body was offered up like bread to bring us back into reconciliation with God. This was not a guilt trip.
In fact, it goes way deeper than that. If the devil knew that God would use Christ’s sacrifice to create a lot more light into the world (that is us believers) the devil would not have crucified Christ (1 Co 2:8).
- ..And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” – Luke 22:19, NIV
- Jesus said to them, “For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” – John 6:32-33, NIV
- Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. – 1 Corinthians 12:27, NIV
- ..And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? – 1 Co 10:16, NIV
- ..this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. – Colossians 1:27, NIV
God uses believers of his word to show love to the world. We are his primary source. The reconciliation is in us. The life is in us. We are the broken bread along the way to shine light into dark places. We show people who God really is while the world continually tells people who God is by those who come in His name but not in His love.
Jesus said he could do nothing of himself and could only do what he heard (Jn 5:30.) We have access to the same wisdom by the same Spirit (Eph 1:17). So we don’t have to figure out how to be Christ-like. We just allow God to work in us so that we can continue helping with the ministry of reconciliation.