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Snacking on Jesus (Part I)

Okay, I realize that sounds weird.  But it is kind of an idea from the Bible, and it is the only way to start to find freedom from habitual sin.  Well, all right, I will give it to you that the Bible doesn’t say that we need to “snack” on Jesus.  Let’s see what it does say.

To get to where I am going, we need to look at John 6.  I am going to summarize most of it and focus in on a series of verses, but I would recommend going to read the whole chapter on your own when you are done here.  (Meaning = don’t just take my word – or anyone else’s – for what the Bible says.)

Here is a quick summary of the context…or if you would like, “Previously on the Jesus Show…”

  • Jesus feeds the five thousand with only five loaves and two fish.
  • The disciples leave Jesus on the shore while they cross the sea in a boat.
  • During the night Jesus walks across the water to meet them, and he and Peter have a little stroll on the waves.
  • The crowds (the five thousand) find Jesus on the other side of the sea and realize he must have gotten there miraculously.
  • The confront him and want to know how he did this “magic trick.”
  • Jesus rebukes them and tells them they are only interested because he feed them with a miracle.

This is where I want to pick up.  Jesus says the following:

Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.  John 6:27

They ask what are the works of God that they should be doing.

Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”  John 6:29

Then the crowds ask him for a sign to prove he was sent from God (like feeding them all from five pieces of bread and two fish was not enough).  They referred to the manna that their ancestors, with Moses, ate in the wilderness.  This was the only “bread from heaven” they have ever heard of before.  I love how Jesus responds to this:

Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.  John 6:32-33

They, of course, said that they want him to give them this bread “always.”  I think would have exclaimed the same thing.  This is when Jesus says something we have all heard quoted millions of times…however, it is mega powerful in context (the context both before and after what he says).

But, however, I am going to leave off right here.  We will pick up with Jesus’ response in Part II.  For now, think on this:

  • We need to work for the food that endures to eternal life.
  • The Son of Man (Jesus) offers us this kind of food.
  • Jesus is the one who has come down from heaven.
  • Jesus is the “bread of God” and it is this bread that gives life to the world.

What does this mean for you?  How do you think this applies to fighting our sin nature and finding freedom from habitual sins?