Weekly Church Devotion from Pastor Haydn Sennitt –
“I Am the Bread & Water of Life”
When our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world, He uttered seven ‘I Am’ statements about Himself in John’s Gospel, to further qualify God’s all-powerful ‘I Am’ statement in Exodus 3:14, which we recently heard about in our sermon series on Exodus. Yet instead of merely saying ‘I Am’ like His heavenly Father, Jesus qualified that statement in seven different ways to show that, in fact, He is our all-loving, all-caring Saviour who alone takes us to the Father.
The first such statement was, ‘I Am the Bread of Life’ (John 6:35a), and while Jesus never explicitly states that He is the water of life, there is certainly that inference in John 4:14 (6:35b). He is our bread and life-giving water! Our stomachs grumble in hunger, and our tongues sick to the rooves of our mouths in times of extreme famishment. These things even Jesus understood (Matt. 4:2-4, Luke 8:3), and He taught us to ask God to meet this most primal, basic physical need in the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:11, 31-33).
Jesus knew, though, that there are more important things than just crudely providing for the body – because we are not just a body (despite what evolutionists and so-called ‘modern thinkers’ may insist to the contrary). Israel’s experience in the wilderness bore this out as they had their bellies filled with heavenly food, but still grumbled against her loving Saviour (Numbers 11:18-20). Our needs go much deeper than the gut: indeed, this is what distinguishes us from animals.
We are not just body but we are also spirit and soul; like our stomachs, our souls groan with hunger pains when Jesus has not filled it. Yet people have a knack for trying to fill those hunger pains with paltry substitutes. Having a spouse won’t fill our souls. Lovely bone china collections won’t heal a lonely, aching heart. If we try to fill this hunger with stuff instead of Jesus, then there are horrible consequences (Luke 16:19-31).
Jesus came to give us life to the full (John 10:10), both in this life and particularly in the next. The question is: are you taking your hunger to Jesus, to be filled by Jesus? How hungry are you? Do you want to remain famished? Have you tried everything except the solution? Come to Jesus and focus on the wounds He was inflicted with to bring you to the Father, and have the cup of your hearts overflowing with Jesus’ grace.
~ God bless, Pastor Haydn Sennitt.