THE WORDS OF LIFE

It is recorded in the 6th chapter of the Gospel of John Jesus fed over 5,000 people. Immediately after this Jesus withdrew to a mountain to be alone. That evening his disciples went to cross the sea to Capernaum. Of course this is the famous story of Peter walking on the water with Jesus but I want to look at what happened after that.

After coming to the other side of the lake they found Jesus already there. Upon them questioning his means of arrival he seems to ignore their request as to how he got there and begins to deal with the real issue at hand. Jesus says to them “You seek me not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 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 along in the chapter Jesus begins to make statements that sound alarming to his hungry audience. He says, “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. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” Wow! These are things he said in the synagogue! Many of his disciples left that day saying, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” Of course as you read a little further Jesus explains himself saying, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” Although it sounded as if he meant his physical body and blood he was speaking to them of spiritual food of which they obviously didn’t know anything about.

After several of Jesus’ disciples left he looked at the twelve closest to him and said, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter once again found himself in the middle of another great lesson from the Master. Peter responded saying, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life?”

This is exactly the same conclusion I have come to in my life. What else is there that takes the place of “words of life?” Sometimes I find myself thinking about writing something else and simply can’t do it. I have come to the conclusion it makes absolutely no sense to spend any energy reading, writing or discussing anything for very long if it doesn’t involve the author of life himself Jesus Christ.

One piece of advice as I conclude this is if you are going to focus most or all of your attention on Jesus Christ you will find many will choose to walk away too. I’m with Peter though in that I can’t think of anyway I would rather spend my time than to speak, write or meditate on the one and only author of life. One thing is for sure, just like those loaves and fishes, absolutely nothing spent on Jesus Christ will be wasted.

Written by Louie

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