We are now in the midst of the holiday season– a time for food! Great preparations are made for such meals, and plenty of food is made ready to eat. Families gather around tables and eat heartily.
Despite such great feasts and amounts of food eaten, we again hunger. Thanksgiving lunch may be large, but one will need more food a few hours later. The day after Thanksgiving comes, and food is necessary yet again. No matter how much food is prepared, or how good it may taste– we continually require more sustenance to survive.
What if there were a source of food and drink that forever satisfied your hunger? How valuable would that be to you?
Long ago, a woman went about her daily business, getting her water from the local well. While she was there, a man asked her for water; when she hesitated, he offered her “living” water. She did not understand; this man had no ability to get water from the well, let alone some “living” water. He again offered her the water that would lead her to never be thirsty again. She wanted this water so that she would never need to draw water again.
As she would soon discover, this man was none other than Jesus of Nazareth, and His offer did not involve physical water (John 4:4-15). There is no source of physical food or water that will truly satisfy; all such sustenance will pass through and more will be required. To what, then, does Jesus refer?
Jesus often makes such statements in John’s Gospel, establishing that those who drink of the “living water” will have a well springing within them to eternal life (John 4:14). He also urges people not to labor for perishing food, but for the food He can provide to eternal life (John 6:27). As it is written in John 6:35:
Jesus said unto them, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall not hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
Jesus refers to Himself not literally as food, but as the source of blessing. The New Testament indicates that it is through Him that God has now spoken (Hebrews 1:1), and it is through His blood that all men can have the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28). Salvation is prepared for those who believe upon Him and do His will (1 Peter 1:3-9, 1 John 2:1-6). Eternal life is prepared for those who follow Jesus!
Thanksgiving meals will be eaten, and yet later there will be hunger. Your soul may be temporarily satisfied by others, but only in Jesus Christ will your soul be able to enjoy the spiritual feast that eternally satisfies. Follow Him today!