Compared to being in Christ, the world will always be less filling. Those who imbibe will never find satisfaction in the flesh.
In Christ, however, we find the fulfillment that resonates throughout our entire existence.
Questions arise and we seek worldly answers only to find them hopelessly confused and misleading. In Christ, the Word, the fog clears and our paths become bright and inviting.
We breathe deep in the wealth of beauty around us and confidently continue on our way.
In John 6, we find Jesus embroiled in a discussion with the Jews. He feeds the multitudes and they continue to follow him for more bread. He tries to turn their minds toward the spiritual but they cannot overcome their physical limitations.
Jesus brings up the manna, given to God’s people (Exodus 16:13-21,26-27; Numbers 11:7-9). Yet, Israel rejected this gift in ages past and failed to understand the larger spiritual blessings. They were still wrapped up in themselves and their physical desires.
“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst’” (John 6:35. NKJV).
If they would think spiritually, they would see the enormous opportunities before them and how it would transform their world (Romans 12:1-2). They saw only the Manna and not that it was a type of what was to come.
Manna was a spiritual blessing with a physical manifestation. Yet, they only saw the latter. In Jesus’ day, nothing had changed.
The manna paved the way for the true bread of heaven, which stood before them as God in the flesh (John 1:1-5,14).
If they would come to Jesus, they would find the absolute satisfaction that they sought (John 6:37,44-45,65). Jesus calls us away from the “old life with its beggarly famine and its total inability to satisfy.”/1
Jesus says that in him, we will never, never hunger or thirst spiritually. He will completely satisfy us, for all-time. Nothing within the fleshly world can compare (John 4:13-14).
Once we find the source of fulfillment (John 14:6), we are continually filled because we return to him daily for spiritual nourishment (Matthew 6:25-34).
In him, we have all blessings (Ephesians 1:3). Our core emptiness is gone because we have given our lives to him (Revelation 3:20).
Come to the Lord to be filled today!
1/ Leon Morris, “The Gospel According to John” (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1971), 367.
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