Friday | 01 December 2023
His word is our food

During His earthly ministry, Jesus directly testified that He had come down from heaven to do the will of the Father who had sent Him; He had not come to do His own will. Joh 6:38. The capacity to fulfil God’s will was not in His natural, physical capacities, even though He was fulfilling God’s will in a physical body. It was, therefore, not dependent upon energy derived from natural food. Rather, earlier in His ministry, Jesus said that His food was to do the will of the Father who had sent Him. Joh 4:34. In this statement, He likened the resource from which He received the energy, or capacity, to do God’s will, to food. He further explained that the life of the Father was in His food, testifying, ‘As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.’ Joh 6:57.

We see that, just as the Son lives because of the Father, it is necessary for us to feed on Him. This is because He is the source of our eternal life and the One who gives to us the capacity to do His will. Accordingly, we are to eat Christ’s flesh and drink His blood. Joh 6:56. By this, Jesus meant that we are to hear, receive, and obey the words that He speaks. He speaks through the messengers whom He sends. His word gives to us the capacity to do God’s will, for His words are Spirit and life. That is, His word contains the Eternal Spirit of God by which all things were created. Joh 6:63.

Jesus also made it clear that the words that He speaks are not His, but they belonged to the Father who sent Him. Joh 14:24. This word, when proclaimed to the Jews, brought a response of faith from Peter. By faith, Peter expressed his commitment to continue in the fellowship of Christ’s word as a disciple. Joh 6:68.


Further Study:
JOHN 6:22-71
Daily Proverb:

References:
Joh 6:38
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

Joh 4:34
Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.’

Joh 6:56-57
He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

Joh 6:63
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Joh 14:24
He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

Joh 6:68
But Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.’
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