A Kernel of wheat is planted, it grows, matures, bows its head as it ripens, and finally it is harvested. Eventually it is crushed in the milling process. Then, the fine wheat flour is mixed with oil, water and salt and made in bread.
The flour for the bread was flour ground fine. All unevenness and all coarse particles are removed. This process represents the spotless life of Christ.
Oil used in the making of bread is symbolized by the working of Christ through the Holy Spirit.
The water used represent the cleansing power of the Word of God. Jesus gave himself for the church, that He might cleanse it with the washing of water by the word of God.
Salt used is a preservative and is a symbol of incorruption. When mixed with the fine flour and oil, water it preserves it and keeps it from becoming corrupted.
When all four ingredients are mixed together and then baked, they form our communion bread which symbolizes the broken body of Christ, who is the bread of life.
You see like the kernel of wheat, it must first be planted, grow, mature, then be crushed that it might bring life to others. The fine flour is a symbol of Christ, who was planted on this earth, grew, matured and was bruised then crushed for our iniquities.
It is through the crushed wheat a symbol of Christ that you and I have the hope of life in the earth made new. For it is when the wheat is bruised and then crushed that it brings life to others when it is made into bread. So, it is with Christ who is the bread of life.
This is why at this time of year, we stop and celebrate the birth of our Saviour that was planted upon this earth, grew, matured and was finally bruised for our inequities. He suffered and died that we might be blessed both spiritually and temporally as we partake of the bread that nourishes us and temporally and the bread of life that nourishes us spiritually.