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Friday, April 28, 2017

John 6:35 (Pt. 5)  Thought/Prayer:  Bread and Water.  Topics:  2 at end.

“’I am the Bread of Life,’ replied Jesus; ‘he who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never, never thirst.’”  (WEY)  (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

Jesus the Christ is the Bread of Life.  He also is Living Water. 

John 4:3-14
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
[Speaking of Jesus] He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. Then comes he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

There comes a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus said to her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away to the city to buy meat.) Then said the woman of Samaria to him, How is it that you, being a Jew, ask drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that said to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water. The woman said to him, Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from where then have you that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said to her, Whoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”  (AKJV) 

Ever heard of a child restricted to bread and water for behavioral discipline?  (Hope not!)  But with what we are considering today, one awesome type of bread and water would be filling indeed.

In the simple words of John 6:35, we have both.  Of course, our physical existence depends on food and drink.  And Spiritually, Jesus Christ is both.  We human beings can live longer without food than we can drink.  But in our spiritual lives, when we have Jesus, we have an adequate supply of both food (His bread) and drink (His living water).  Interestingly, it was when the disciples had gone to purchase food for Jesus and themselves that He had opportunity to tell the Samaritan women about His water that she could drink.

And, just as He shared with her about His water that gives life, He was at the same time, in person, her Bread also, but He does not broach that topic.  He is interested in talking to her about water, with the occasion being there by a well.

And we also see that He offers Himself as living water to someone out of the mainstream of Jewish culture.  He offered Himself to a woman . . . and a woman from an unacceptable culture, as John’s account describes. 

Do those who work for the honor of created life ever come across such a person?  It is easier than we might think.  Perhaps it is not so much that a person’s culture might be unacceptable – Christians are to accept all persons from their own culture.  But maybe someone’s lifestyle is unacceptable.  Maybe the reason there is difficulty in accepting an unwanted pregnancy is that there were apparently poor decisions that brought the pregnancy.  Or maybe someone’s great anger is intimidating, from one party or another, over any attempt to dissuade the mother from an abortion.

Jesus cut through all hindrances to sharing His message, that of Himself: the Bread and the Water.  Lord, thank You for this example of love for persons, no matter their background or failures in their lives.  Help us to see through the circumstances and frailties of their lives, just as You have seen through those of us in pro-LIFE endeavors.  We praise You that Your Bread and Your Water are for everyone, lovable, dislikable, “acceptable” or not.

Topics:  Pray for acceptance for those who come for help with LIFE issues, no matter how our own natures want to at times reject them.
The soul of our nation

Posted by Gail Richardson on 04/28 at 03:16 PM
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