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That One May Eat Of It And Not Die

January 4, 2015

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That One  May Eat  Of It  And Not Die

When Jesus said  in John 6:48“I am the bread  of life,”  He was telling us  that when we partake  of all His words  in the Bible  and honestly trust in them,  we are partaking  of His spiritual bread  of eternal life.     Believing  in the word  of God Almighty  is what gives us eternal life.     And,  of course,  we need  to open up our Bibles  in order  to do that  and partake of  “the bread  of life”.

Jesus went on  to explain  in John 6:49-50,

Your fathers  ate the manna  in the wilderness,  and they died.     This is the bread  which comes down out  of heaven,  so that one may eat  of it  and not die.

The Israelites sustained  their earthly life  while traveling  in the wilderness  because God Almighty supplied them  with manna  fresh every day.     We must have an earthly food  in order  to keep  our bodies alive.     But,  we have more than an earthly,  physical life  —  we also have a soul  with a spiritual life.     Our soul needs  to be kept alive  through faith  in all  of God’s word  in the Bible.     The Bible  first shows us  our sins  —  then it shows us  God’s many promises  of a Savior  from our sin,  so that we may live  through faith  —  and then,  it shows us  Jesus Christ  as the fulfillment  of all  of God’s promises,  so that eternal life is a promise  made sure  through faith  in Jesus.

We need  to know  about Jesus  and believe  in Him  before we can receive  eternal life  —  free from all sin,  discord,  and trouble.     When Martha  was learning  from Jesus  about the resurrection,  Jesus taught her  in John 11:25-26,

I am  the resurrection  and the life;  he who believes  in Me  will live  even if  he dies,  and everyone  who lives  and believes  in Me  will never die.     Do you believe this?

Martha did.     And Jesus resurrected  her brother,  Lazarus, to show His authority  over all life.     This account  is to impress Jesus’ words  upon us,  “everyone  who lives  and believes  in Me  will never die.”     Faith in God’s promises  lead us  to eternal life,  where we will never die.     We pass  from this earthly life  directly to eternal life  with our LORD.

On New Year’s day,  my old friend died.     In the photo above,  she celebrated  her 99th birthday.     She died  a few weeks  before her 100th birthday.     Because she often  thankfully professed  her faith,  one can be assured  that she now lives eternally  with our LORD.     She lived  through the depression,  and many hard times.     While growing up,  all the children  in the family  had to work  to help put food  on the table.     If the children  were embarrassed  about having  to work hard because  of their poverty,  her mother would say,  “Put your pride  in your pocket  and get  to work.”     During WWII,  she helped build airplanes  for our military.     All her life,  she retained the habit  of not wasting  a single thing.     That was based  on being thankful  for what the Lord provided.

In all her hard times,  she realized  that she needed  to trust  in the word  of God,  even though she  often felt alone.     We all need  to eat of  “the bread  which comes down out  of heaven.”     We need  to see  what God  is offering us  in Christ Jesus  —  and partake of it  —  “that one may eat  of it  and not die.”

Knowing that Christ  gives eternal life,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for the blessed assurance  of eternal life.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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