There is no better smell than that of bread baking in the oven.
Except for eating it together with friends.
The early Christians came together regularly for common meals, which included the breaking of bread. In Acts the scripture refers to them having “everything in common,” and this no doubt included sharing meals together, each one receiving from the others what they needed. Acts 2:46 describes them breaking bread in their homes and this was exactly what we done at the home of a sister in the Lord that certainly has the gift of hospitality!
Another observance of "breaking bread" is when we as Christians observe the Lord's Supper. This memorial of our Lord is called "the Lord's Supper" in 1 Corinthians 11:20 and "the Lord's table" in 1 Corinthians 10:21. In 1 Corinthians 10:16 it is referred as "the breaking of bread" and "communion".
I love partaking in the Lord's Supper as it reminds me of what He did on the cross for me. And the Lord did request that we do this in "remembrance of Him", (Luke 22:19).
Another significance of the broken bread is the symbolism of Christ, the Bread of Life, being broken on the cross for our sin. At the first communion in the upper room, Jesus describes the breaking of the bread in these terms: “This is my body, broken for you” (1st Cor. 11:24). Although not a bone of Jesus’ body was broken on the cross ( John 19: 31-33,36;), Psalm 34:20 His skin and flesh were torn and broken by blows with rods and fists, by whippings and scourgings, by thorns, nails, and spears. His body and soul were divided from each other by death, and by that brokenness, we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). As His people, we participate in His sufferings and brokenness, being broken by sin as He was broken by the punishment He willingly received for our redemption.
The breaking of bread symbolizes different things for the Christian there is no doubt. But for me with "breaking bread" with friends it spoke other things to my heart about us all! Our spirits was lifted, our load was easier to bear if only for a few hours, laughter was music to the soul and God was honored.
But no matter how much I do love me some fresh baked bread there is nothing better than the Bread of Life...Jesus Christ. John 6:35 says, "Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
And lastly...I do love me some fresh baked bread and as a friend of mine said....
"I could polish off that whole loaf. Hot, dripping with buttah, baby! Buttah".
Hugs and blessings, Cindy