GOSPEL LIVING

Monday August 12,2019

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First Kings 19:4-8  | Psalm, Psalms 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9  | Ephesians 4:30--5:2  | John 6:41-51

41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, "I am the bread which came down from heaven." 42 They said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, `I have come down from heaven'?" 43 Jesus answered them, "Do not murmur among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, `And they shall all be taught by God.' Every one who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46 Not that any one has seen the Father except him who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 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 from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh."

Meditation: Through today’s gospel passage Jesus is making a comparison between the spiritual life and bodily sustenance. We need to eat in order that the body might not starve to death. So likewise we have this spiritual appetite when we are reborn spiritually (born again) to cause us to desire our spiritual food. That spiritual food is the Word of God, which we are to partake of daily, and like physical food provides the energy for the body etc that it needs to function, so likewise does the Bible for the new spiritual man, it sustains our spiritual life, and allows the spiritual man to grow and get stronger. That is what Christ is speaking about in this passage of Scripture. Very often we are cared about the minimum. That means the things that necessary for sustaining our body. But we must also be aware of the health of our spiritual body. How healthy we are spiritually?