Jesus said in; 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.”
He is the bread of life. He alone is our nourishment. He is our sustenance. Learning how to be around Jesus is not our sustenance. Jesus is our sustenance, our food.
God has given us natural examples through what we can see and understand so we can grasp what we can’t see that is made by Him. We have examples in the natural so we can understand the supernatural. For example; we have an earthly father so we can at least grasp the understanding of a spiritual Father, God.
In the natural we feed our children good nourishing well rounded meals on a continuing basis and if they eat them they are sustained and aren’t hungry. In the spiritual, God has given us our food. Jesus is our food, our nourishment. We have available the meal of Jesus, the knowledge of Jesus. He is discussed constantly in the Bible. But we must take in, eat, Jesus, eat the Bread of Life.
Watching a great food commercial on TV for a restaurant is not the same as eating the food in the actual restaurant. The commercial may make us really hungry, but unless we go to the restaurant, order the food and eat it, we are still hungry. The commercial shows how wonderful and tasty and satisfying the food is, but unless we eat it we are still malnourished. Actually tasting and eating the food is the reality. We can be told about Jesus, us and Jesus, how to eat Jesus and how good Jesus is, but we are still hungry. We still have to taste the food of Life, Jesus.
We may know about Jesus, or know about us or even about us and Jesus, but we need to actually know Jesus the Christ.
Jesus is an experience through faith. Faith cannot be taught. Faith is increased and fulfilled by experience; experience and time with Jesus.
Manna was given by God to the Jews in the wilderness a long time ago and if they ate it they were filled. Looking at the Manna or being told about the Manna did fill the people, eating it filled them. So Jesus is given to us, but we must eat to be filled, nourished and understand Him. Jesus is the actual experience. We then grow in Him by eating, experiencing Him.
We need to know Jesus, Him alone. Jesus said He is the way to the Father.
John 14: 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
John 14:18-20 continues: 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
There is a reason we need to know Jesus. He is the Lord God Almighty. He is the everlasting God. He is trustworthy. He and He alone is our strength. He is our Hope. He is our high tower, He is our light. He is our rock. He makes us stand. He is our cornerstone. He is our cap stone. He is our light. He is our bread. He is our health. He is our Shepard. He is our Sacrifice. He is our provider. He is our peace. He is our source. He is the beginning. He is the end. He is the way. He is the truth. He is the light. He is life. He is the Lamb of God. He is the light of life. He is the light of the world, He is the redeemer. He is always present.
Because I asked Jesus to come into my life; He is my Big Brother.
He does not give us these things. We are not to seek these things. He is these things. Nothing is outside of Jesus the Christ. These are not independent gifts from God that we seek. Christ is these things.
So learn and teach Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. The “Go To” and “Go With” Guy for God. God has put all things under His feet.
Paul said in letter to the Philippians 3:10-14 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Knowing about someone is not the same as spending time with them, and knowing them. The Old testament advertised Jesus, In the new testament we are in the restaurant and ready to eat, so eat Jesus, experience Jesus, spend time with Him be taught Him.
Instead “we would see Jesus,” the Christ. Know Him.
I was listening to someone on the radio today. And all I heard was “I think,” “I think.” I’ve heard them comment before on the other side of the same subject. What do they really believe? It is dependent on the situations on how they respond.
This person thinks as the wind blows. They either follow the crowd or think what “feels good” at that particular time. They do not have a core.
If you have core beliefs it is like having an anchor, some stability. If you have some basic beliefs, it shapes how you think because your starting point is those core beliefs.
I’m not saying it has to be a correct core. As even suicide “boomers” have a core belief (wrong as it is). Their core is hatred and they maintain that core and build the rest of their beliefs and commitment starting from that core. Politicians on the other hand seem to start from a core belief of power and grandeur and riches. They adjust what they say to meet their needs. That is why the old joke: “How do you tell when a politician is lying? Answer: Their lips are moving.”
It is important to establish a core, some roots, an anchor to carry you through life. It is important to think seriously about what you believe and develop your core. Slight additions and modifications are ok as you experience life. But view your world consistency from your core. You may not think that having a core is important, but if you don’t have a core you seem unstable, you are seen as a flake and often not trustworthy.
Today as I was feeding a bagel to our three dogs, I got that they don’t have a care, they don’t fret about anything. They have a nice comfortable setting and are fed adequately, their living conditions are good and they get lots of love. This is because they are loved. Their security is in their masters hands. They don’t even think about being on their own. They are our loved dogs, they trust us!!
Think how much more God loves us; those who have asked Jesus into their lives, and are His children.
John 3:16-21 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)
Luke 12:22-28 “And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (KJV)
Our dog’s trust is completely in their master’s hands and they relax and are comfortable in that.
There was a bumper sticker that said “God is my co-pilot”. We ask God to help us in our ventures and we ask for His guidance in what we want to do for God. And of course we will “give Him all the glory”
He is God and He is glorified by His works in us. Neither we nor He is glorified by what we do for God.
We need God, God does not need us. He is the potter we are the clay.
I was standing in the backyard one day watching the clouds form and move in the sky. God explained to me that the clouds did not have a will. They did not have any preconceived ideas of how to be shaped. They followed without hesitation or resistance what God wanted to do with them. It was totally His decision on what they looked like, their formation.
Yet nothing that man could make or even conceive was near equal to the glory of these clouds, their beauty, their splendor, their grandeur.
The clouds were glorious in themselves and God was glorified in what He had made.
God talked to Job about God and His glory and the significance of man.
“God said to Job; Job 38 “Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 2 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. 4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?” Job38: 1-4
Job 40 “The Lord said to Job: 2 “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?
Let him who accuses God answer him!” 3 Then Job answered the Lord:4 “I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. 5 I spoke once, but I have no answer— twice, but I will say no more.” 6 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm: 7 “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. 8 “Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself? 9 Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like his? 10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor, and clothe yourself in honor and majesty. 11 Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at all who are proud and bring them low, 12 look at all who are proud and humble them, crush the wicked where they stand. 13 Bury them all in the dust together; shroud their faces in the grave. 14 Then I myself will admit to you that your own right hand can save you. Job 40: 1-14
Job 42 “1 Then Job replied to the Lord: 2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. 4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ 5 My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. 6 Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”
Job 42: 1-6
Colossians 1 “25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1: 25-27
We are nothing, nothing, yet God through Christ has made in us everything. It is Christ in us the hope of glory. What can we do except know Him and know Him better.
GOD IS FIRST!!