Friday, March 13, 2020
Many years ago I found something that became instantly precious to me. It was a little notebook that my grandfather, Dr. J.A. van Gorkom, used to write down observations he made while he walked through life. Each observation had a spiritual application. I love that little notebook. My grandpa kept a spiritual perspective about everything, even down to the cracks in the sidewalk which he related to the fleshly cracks we allow to form on the paths of our lives.
Jesus modeled this kind of teaching to us over and over again. He was constantly making observations about everyday life and turning them into a spiritual principle that could transform our hearts and minds.
In John chapter 6, we read the fascinating story of Jesus feeding 5,000 men plus women and children after they had sat all day and listened to His teaching. None of them had come prepared to stay that long, so they had very little food with them. So Jesus, with great compassion for them in their need, took the little food that was available – five little loaves of bread and two small fish, and He miraculously multiplied them to be enough to serve thousands of people, with twelve baskets of leftovers.
The next day, the people followed Jesus to and new location. When Jesus saw them gathered, He said,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” John 6:26-27
Jesus knew the motive of their heart for using their money to pay for passage on a boat across the Sea of Galilee: they wanted another free meal. So Jesus uses this opportunity to teach them spiritual principles.
- Don’t work so hard to satisfy your desires in this life, but satisfy yourselves with eternal food.
- Eternal food comes only from Jesus Christ.
- God the Father has approved of Jesus being the source of our eternal food.
Then Jesus said,
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35
All the pursuits of life to satisfy the longings of our heart need constant replenishment. The life that Jesus gives us never does. When we feed on the Bread of Life, we will never be dissatisfied with any other bread. When we feed on the bread from this life, we will never be satisfied.
Jesus is the Bread of Life. He is the True Bread from heaven (John 6:32). When we believe on Him, He satisfies every hunger and thirst of the human soul. Be filled with Jesus today.