Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Food for Jesus

We read in, John 4:27-38;

27 Just then His disciples returned and were surprised to find Him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,

29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”

30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

31 Meanwhile His disciples urged Him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

33 Then His disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought Him food?”

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him Who sent Me and to finish His work.

35 Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

36 Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now He harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.

37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.

38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

Let’s pay a special attention to verse 34.

My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the Will of Him Who sent Me and to finish His Work.

βρῶμα bróma – ‘food of any kind’

θέλημα thélēma (from  thélō, “to desire, wish”) – properly, a desire (wish), often referring to God's preferred-will,” i.e. His “best-offer” to people which can be ‘accepted’ or ‘rejected’.

ἔργον érgon (from ergō, “to work, accomplish”) – a work or worker who accomplishes something.  érgon (“work”) is a deed or action that carries out (completes) an inner desire (intension, purpose).

What is the Food for the Lord Jesus to eat? It is to do the Father’s Will.

What is the Will of the Father that the Son wants to finish? It is to harvest the crop for eternal life.

It is the context John the Baptist said;

Matthew 3:12;

“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Also we read in, Revelation 14:16;

“So He Who was seated on the cloud(=Christ) swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.”

Our Lord Jesus says in Matthew 4:4;

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

How do we do God’s Will? It can be done first by eating the spiritual food, God’s Word.

What does the Word of God say about doing His Will? It is for us to believe in God and His Son Who was sent by Father and follow Him wherever He goes.

The Lord says, Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

This commandment of the Lord Jesus in John 12:26 will be the topic for the next.

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