A devotional thought from Keith Whitfield for “The Resurrection”
Most of us do not know what it is like to be hungry. We utter phrases like “I’m starving” or “I could eat a horse,” yet we are probably only a few hours removed from our previous meal. The children of Israel were truly hungry. God gave them manna from heaven. It was a daily provision, which is why they had to collect manna everyday except for the Sabbath.
There is a better manna in the New Testament that lasts forever. Jesus said that He is the “bread of God…who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33). Those who come to Him will never hunger or thirst again (v. 35).
Never hunger or thirst again! We can be satisfied forever. How can we be sure?
The answer is found as we consider the last two big events in Jesus’ life. After dying on the cross, Jesus was resurrected from the dead. This act was God’s “stamp of approval.” It verified all that Jesus said about Himself and demonstrated the truth that the cross accomplished victory over sin and death. Then Jesus ascended into heaven. This event signified the conclusion of Jesus’ earthly mission and the beginning of His heavenly one.
From the right hand of God, Jesus protects and provides for us through the Holy Spirit. Jesus also rules from heaven for the church, so the life and mission of the church will not be stopped. He serves as the compassionate and sympathetic High Priest, who intercedes for His people.
Because of these two great events, Christ became for us a life-giving spring from which we will eternally draw life and joy.
Pause and Reflect
• What are you pursuing to satisfy your desires? What do you put your trust in or what do you turn to for survival?
• In what ways are you seeking to increase your degree of satisfaction with who Jesus is and what He has done?