Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 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.” — John 6:32-35
Yesterday we talked about how things you put on your plate become much less important when you truly embrace God’s unconditional love for you.
Today we are looking at the nourishment Jesus Christ offers. When you let the wrong things into your life, or the wrong amount of something (it crosses the line from enjoyment to addiction), you are responding badly to a natural craving. God created all of us to crave Him, to come to Him for all our needs. Originally, He walked with Adam and Eve in the garden and taught them. Psalm 23 reminds us that the Lord is our shepherd and He has everything we need.
But because we live in the time of the Fall, we often push God away and reach for things that look enticing and exciting but provide no real nourishment. If you offered a child an ice cream cone or a carrot, which one is he likely to choose? An ice cream cone is okay as a treat, but if that is the main source of nutrition there will be major deficits.
There are many books and devotionals about God out there. Many of them, like this one, quote passages of scripture. But they cannot compare to the Word of God itself.
Jesus tells us in today’s passage that he is the bread of life, and that whoever comes to him will be satisfied. While it is okay to read words modern authors write about Jesus, be sure to read the Bible. What Jesus taught in the gospels. What Paul said to the churches about Jesus. The visions John received about Jesus. The Bible will provide the best nourishment of all.
To Think/Pray About Today
How often do you read the Bible? Just as we eat regularly to nourish our bodies, we need to be in the Word to nourish our souls. Whether you are following our congregational two-year read of the Bible or have a different schedule, be sure to get into the Word.
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