Words from the Heart for Friday March 27th, 2020
Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.
John 6:57-58 (NIV)
Feeding on Jesus
There are over 700 food banks in Canada and the number has been increasing over the past few years. As well, there are over 2000 agencies that are assisting hungry people nationwide. Food banks are not just found in urban centres. 214 food banks operate in communities of less than 10,000 people. Most food banks provide a three to four day supply of groceries and limit requests for assistance to once a month. They often also provide advocacy services for people in need.
When God delivered the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt, He then provided manna for them six days a week in the wilderness. What a gift that was for them. It assured them that they would never go hungry, not one day in forty years as they wandered in the wilderness. In spite of God’s provision, however, an entire generation perished in the wilderness. It wasn’t until that had happened that the Israelites entered the promised land. Jesus used that experience as a picture of Himself, a contrast to what had happened in the desert. John 6:57-58 says “Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Just as God had provided manna for the people of Israel, so He provided Jesus. But there is a vast difference. When we feed on Jesus, trusting Him as our Saviour, and finding our daily spiritual needs met in Him, we have the assurance that death has been defeated and eternal life experienced.
These have been words from the heart.