Jesus said, His food was to do the will of God, who sent Him to do it. (John 4:33,35). What did He mean?
The disciples expected Jesus to be hungry; He wasn’t. They couldn’t understand this, so they asked Him if someone had brought Him some food in their absence. That was when He spoke about His food. He was saying that He needed no other food to satisfy His appetite. He had sufficiently satisfied any hunger He had, by satisfy a greater hunger—to do God’s will.
Do you receive satisfaction from doing God’s will, Christian? If so, good. If not, there is something wrong with your perspective on life. To please God by doing His will ought to be so soul-satisfying that all other hungers (for food, money, fun) should take a back seat to it. He could tell them that He was filed with the greatest food—obeying His heavenly father. He had been doing God’s will by witnessing to the woman at the well.
What satisfies you above all else? Do you have a hunger for pleasing God by doing His will? Even witnessing to her was not satisfying, in itself. It was only so because to do it was to do God’s will. As God for this hunger if you don’t have it—otherwise, you will to be able to say what Paul did in Philippians 2:13 (look it up!).
(Luke 10: 1-12; 17-24)
Introduction: What was about to happen was to be big. And Jesus went to lengths to see that it would be known by as many as possible as He traveled along the way. Before, when He traveled, he kept away from publicity; now that had changed. He was about to reveal Himself to as many as possible—hence these “advance men” who would create expectancy among those to whom they went preaching the nearness of the kingdom of God.
- The advance men created expediency by what they did
- They settled in a community temporarily where they were accepted
- and “gave out ‘samples’ of what Jesus Himself was bringing to the area
- They preached the near kingdom—that people should repent, believe and become a part of the new people of God.
- They warned against the judgment to come upon the land (10: 9-12)
- They healed the sick and cast out demons, demonstrating the power of the Lord Who would follow.
- The work that they did was to be done quickly with a minimum of supplies or interruptions (10: 3,4).
- No wonder, when recruiting them Jesus emphasized immediacy:
- That is the reason why He told a scribe that he’d be without home or place to stay (9:57, 58), another that there was no time to bury the dead (9:59,60)—He was to go announce the kingdom, and a third, not to even return to say goodbye to his family (9:61)
- There was work to be done NOW—with no looking back 9: 61,62).
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