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OXYGEN AND BREAD


In his best selling book called, “Into Thin Air,” Jon Krakauer relates the hazards that plagued some climbers as they attempted to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Andy Harris, one of the expedition leaders stayed at the peak too long and on his descent, he became in dire need of oxygen.


Harris radioed the base camp and told them about his predicament. He mentioned that he had come across a cache of oxygen canisters left by the other climbers but they were all empty. The climbers who already passed the canisters on their own descent knew they were not empty, but full. They pleaded with him on the radio to make use of them but it was to no avail. Harris was starved for oxygen but he continued to argue that the canisters were empty.


The problem was that the lack of what he needed had so disoriented his mind that though he was surrounded by something that would give him life, he continued to complain of its absence. Zacharias suggests that the very thing he held in his hand was absent in his brain. The lack of oxygen had ravaged his capacity to recognize what was right in front of him. Friends, what oxygen is to the body, the Bread of Life is to the soul. Many of us are suffocating and starving and we don’t even know it. We think we have Jesus figured out but we might be way off. Jesus is offering life to us while we run around trying to appease our appetites.


SOURCE: Brian Bill in "The Bread of Life" on www.sermoncentral.com.

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