My Food

My Food

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“I have food to eat that you do not know about.”

The theme of food and drink runs all through the early parts of the book of John. The wedding at Cana, the place of the first miracle of Jesus. The meeting with the woman at the well, the revealing of Jesus as the Inner Spring. The feeding of the five thousand, and the following conversation about the Bread of Life. All of these point to Jesus, and what the Father is giving us in true bread and living water.

But I want to go back to the beginning again and work through some things. Last week and over the weekend, I was very much focused on the phrase, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” I saw that Adam and Eve had eaten of the fruit which they were told not to, and realised that their eyes were opened to all that they had previously been unaware, or unconscious of. I mean, can you imagine living in a world where you are only conscious of goodness, love, peace, joy, kindness and so on? Suddenly, they have a choice to make. And they are deceived into making the wrong choice.

And so the eyes of humanity are opened through the eating of the fruit, and humanity becomes conscious of, and desirous of, other food. Food that it was never intended to eat, but chose to eat of nonetheless. The eyes of man are closed to the Father. Yes, God reveals himself and people know him to a measure, but by and large, humanity is unconscious of him.

And then much time later, there appears a man whose purpose is to open the eyes of humanity again, and to reveal what and how it is to be one with the Father again. And eyes will be opened when we taste of him, when we eat the Bread of Life, when we drink from the Inner Spring.

And so, Jesus, tired and weary meets a woman at a well. His disciples have gone off somewhere to buy food, and Jesus ends up in conversation with the woman. Something amazing takes place, for the woman, but also for Jesus.

The woman leaves when the disciples return. They say to him, “Rabbi, eat.” And Jesus says,

“I have food to eat that you do not know about.”

Jesus has been satisfied and energised through his conversation with the woman. By the time she leaves, she has, perhaps unknowingly, been a part of Jesus receiving food and drink that she and the disciples didn’t know about. The disciples ask one another if anyone has brought him something to eat.

And Jesus says to them,

“My food is to do the will of him who sent me.”

Jesus was so conscious of the food that he needed. He was conscious of the need to “only do what he saw the Father doing” which is the food that he is nourished with.

And so, as the Father gives life to the Son, the Son gives life to those who eat and drink of him. Do we recognise what energises us? Do we also recognise what seemingly sucks the life out of us? If we are conscious of only doing what we see the Father doing, then we will have life, because we will be eating of the Bread of Life and drinking from the Inner Spring. There is no substitute for this.

Do we have food to eat that others don’t know about? Have our eyes been opened and are we conscious of our need for this food? It is all too easy to be distracted by the taste of other things, those which close our eyes to the Father. And there is so much of it around. But Jesus is saying,

“Don’t be working for the food that is perishing, but for the food remaining unto everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give to you.”

The food and drink is there. The Father gives it to us in Jesus himself. Will you and I be like the woman, an integral part of Jesus being nourished as he only does what he sees the Father doing in us and through us? Can we say to others,

“I have food to eat that you do not know about. My food is to do the will of him who sent me.”?

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One thought on “My Food

  1. The food and drink is there if only we will take it. It is our choice. This daily choice is what will determine our future and our journey with God. Sometimes, when God has told me to do something and I have been obedient, I have had such joy afterwards. This is the food that Jesus is talking about and I had not quite seen that link before. This challenges me to do the will of God and receive the food of an increasing relationship with him every day.

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