Thursday, February 04, 2010

Not Hungry Anymore

Several months ago, someone flippantly asked me what the good word was for the day. I responded with, "Life without Jesus is like a donut. You've got a hole in the middle of your heart." Apparently those two phrases were from a children's song from a while ago. I don't know much about the person who wrote the song, but the idea goes perfectly with our recent Bible Club lesson.

In John 6, Jesus had miraculously fed the 5,000, and yet, they still wanted something more from him. The fact that he had healed the sick, raised the dead, and provided food for so many had done nothing for them. Their spiritual blindness made them oblivious to what God was trying to show them. All they could think of was their need for more food. "What are you going to give us next? Will you feed us with manna as Moses did in the wilderness?"

It was then that Jesus pointed them to their real need. They didn't need him to provide them with physical food. Everyone had eaten their fill of the bread and fish. What they really needed was something spiritual to fill the void in their lives. And, as he later pointed out to them, that void could only be filled with him.

"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

Too often, people fail to see the answer to the emptiness they have inside. They strive to fill the void in their lives with things that can never satisfy them. Jesus is the answer. Wealth, popularity, and success will never bring lasting satisfaction. You may enjoy them for a period of time, but the emptiness will eventually point toward exactly what Jesus was saying here. He is the Bread of Life and satisfaction cannot be found apart from him.

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