Grazing on worldly food
I live in a suburb. That means I live in a place that’s full of people who have jobs (probably somewhere else). With the money they make, they buy smart phones and other technology like tablets, phablets, etc. They do this to “keep in touch” with the world.
Some people are actually addicted to “information gathering”. It reveals an insatiable hunger that all people share.
I have that hunger, too. Over the years, the way I have feed myself is through television shows. In the past few years, I have gotten into those home improvement programs where a contractor helps a family take their home from outdated or damaged to pristine condition. If I am not able to see the show in its entirety, I feel like I have been cheated out of a fulfilling experience.
Even if I do watch a program all the way through, I will only be satiated for a little while. The next day, I am back at it again, watching episode #462.
It is an unhealthy way of dealing with the hunger of the soul.
What is it that we are missing?
Jesus said in John 6:27;
“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”
Further down, Jesus says:
48“I am the bread of life. 49“Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50“This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”
52Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. 58“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”
This presents a conundrum. If you are a modern evangelical, you must find a way to explain away what Jesus has said. He can’t really mean what He said, after all. Or, can he?