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Whoever Hungers and Thirsts Should Come to Jesus!

John 6:35

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.

IMG_0301OK – how many of us have ever been hungry or thirsty? I remember standing in front of a full refrigerator proclaiming to all who would listen – I’ve starved and there’s nothing to eat. This is such a first world problem. What I really meant was – It has been a few hours since I last ate and there is nothing I can grab to satisfy my immediate hunger pangs.   I must confess – I do this in my mind still to this day when there is nothing quick to eat! It is almost like a person looking at a full closet of clothes and shoes – proclaiming – I have nothing to wear – (not that I live with someone like that or anything).

Most of us – in first world countries and areas – have little understanding about hunger and thirst – like those who live in third world countries and areas (even some in our first world countries who have very little). Hunger and thirst are usually not first world issues. We have relative easy access to clean water and food – compared to many in the world today.

In Jesus’ day – there were many who knew what it was like to be hungry and thirsty. There were many people living in the margins of life. There were many who lived without. The Parable of the workers in the vineyard speaks of people wanting to work but with few jobs to be had – people looking to provide for their families who were living hand-to-mouth in many instances.

Matthew 20:1-7 – “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing.About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

Jesus taught a truth to those who were in the margin (and the rest of us too). Here is today’s passage in partial context. John 6:25–40 – 25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 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. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 35 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. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

My prayer is that we will all come to Jesus – and hunger and thirst no more! My prayer is that we will all seek His face and desire His grace. My prayer is that our lives will find true meaning and fulfillment in Jesus!  Matthew 5:6 – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. If we hunger and thirst – and come to Jesus – we will be blessed and filled!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 6, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , ,

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