Gluten Free Jesus

I am a bread junkie.  There is nothing like a thick slab of freshly baked homemade bread slathered in creamy butter and topped with sticky strawberry jelly to whet my appetite.  Baking homemade bread seems to be part of my job description as a farmer's wife.   So, every now and then I (unashamedly) get to serve up some pretty scrumptious carbs to the family. 

Over the last few years is seems that bread has become public enemy #1  because of a little network of proteins called Gluten.   "Gluten -Free" is everywhere!  I'm beginning to wonder if it is just another marketing ploy that is preying of the 1% who truly suffer from this food allergy.  The other day I was shopping in the produce section, and the organic bananas were proudly sporting a "Gluten-free!" sticker.  You have got to be kidding me!   It's almost gotten to the point of ridiculousness. What's the big deal with Gluten, anyway?! This tiny invisible network of proteins gives the bread strength and elasticity, and eventually allows the bread to rise. That sounds pretty harmless. Right? WRONG.  Apparently, if you are allergic to these little rascals, your innards will mount a very impressive and graphically unpleasant revolt.  (My heart breaks for the many people who have chronic issues with this allergy!)

 

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Bread is one of the most basic foods that crosses every culture and spans throughout all of human history.  Jesus refers to Himself as the "Bread Of Life."  (John 6:35)  Christ broke a piece of bread to symbolize his body being sacrificed. (Luke 22:19) Sadly enough,  the mere mention of faith in Jesus gets quite an adverse reaction among many secular and religious circles today.  Many people prefer the socially acceptable, trendy, Gluten-free version of Christ.  It's a version of Jesus that looks real, but the fundamentals that give it it's strength and vigor have been replaced to make it more palatable. 

What is this type of Jesus look like, you say?   It's one where Jesus gets to be Jesus, but doesn't get to be Lord of your life. One where Jesus gets to be a good teacher, but not worthy of actually being seriously followed.  One where He freely forgives your sin, but sin doesn't bother you enough to repent of it.  It's the kind of Jesus that never puts any restraints on your thought life, behavior, entertainment, finances or lifestyle choices.  The kind of Jesus that merely provides fire insurance, but lets you still play with gas and matches.  The socially acceptable, trendy Jesus that is palatable. Dear sister, that kind of Jesus is simply not in the Bible. The true words of Jesus don't always give us the warm fuzzy feelings! His Word tell us things that our flesh does not want to hear, and quite frankly, doesn't want to cooperate with, either.

 

Matthew 15:8 says "This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of Men." 

How do we know if we are feasting on the real Bread of Life?  By simply looking at the Word of God and actually taking it in to our being through the power of the Holy Spirit.  

 "O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!"  Psalm 34: 8

 “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  Matt. 16:24

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."  John 8:12

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."  2 Timothy 3:16

Are you consuming a trendy version of Jesus? One that gives you fire insurance but still lets you play with gas and matches? How do you know if your version of Jesus really Biblical?