I’ve noticed that some foods I eat help me feel energized, clear-minded, and satisfied. In the physical world, they are life-sustaining. And there are other foods which have the opposite effect. I am lethargic, fuzzy-headed, and depressed, yet craving more. In the physical world, these foods are life-draining.
In the spiritual sense, Jesus is clearly of the first type. He sustains and nourishes. He is life-giving.
His nourishment is eternal.
“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” John 6:27
His nourishment is from heaven.
“For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” John 6:33
His nourishment totally and completely satisfies.
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”” John 6:35
His nourishment had a cost. Jesus would die on the cross for us. All we have to do is believe in Him.
“I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:48-51
It is by feeding on Jesus that we obtain eternal life and continue to thrive spiritually.
Dear Father, Thank you for loving me so much that you sent your Son to give me life. You are the giver of eternal life. You are also the sole source of true nourishment in this life. Help me to seek nourishment in Jesus and only Jesus, for I know that other “foods” I may seek are not good for me at all.