Friday, August 14, 2009

The Food of Christ Is to Give Eternal Life

(By: David Mathis)

This week's sermon: "The Food of Christ Is to Give Eternal Life"

Four lines in John 2-4 conspire to remind us of our stupidity apart from grace. In 2:19; 3:3; 4:10; and 4:31, the responses of the Jews, Nicodemus, the woman at the well, and the disciples show us our own dullness and hardness of heart to Jesus and his spiritual reality:

* "I will raise this temple in three days." It took 46 years to build this temple.
* "You must be born again." How can a man enter into his mother's womb?
* "I will give you living water." You don¹t have a bucket.
* "I have food to eat you do not know about." Who brought him a sandwich?

Between Jesus' interaction with the woman at the well (which the disciples found amazing) and his reception of the townspeople who flocked to him because of her witness, Jesus explains to his disciples what's going on. He is fulfilling Amos 9:13 by collapsing sowing and reaping. He is the Messiah, and now in his coming he is sowing and reaping all at once. He's not bound to the natural ways of doing things. And he invites the disciples in to join him in reaping the fruit his word, and the woman's word, has sown.

The upshot for us is that:

1. Jesus himself is life-giving food,
2. his coming begins the promised messianic age, and
3. all our labor is important, and we're all building on the work of another—in particular, Jesus' fully finished work at the cross.

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