“Have you been to that new restaurant out by the mall on Post Street?” I asked Stan one morning.
“Not yet,” Stan replied, “but someone told me it’s pretty good. It’s one of those all-you-can-eat buffets. Everything is included for one price, as much as you want, even dessert and soft drinks.”
“Sounds like a good deal to me,” I replied, “especially the dessert part!”
“Amen to that,” Stan replied. “Just like Jesus, except for one thing.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Well,” Stan replied, “while John’s gospel doesn’t use the exact words, it records that Jesus said He’s like an all-you-can-eat buffet, including the drinks, but there’s no charge.”
Continuing, he said, “Jesus calls Himself the ‘bread of life’ and the source of ‘living water’. Whoever comes to Him will never hunger or thirst.”
“Never get hungry or thirsty?”
“Not in the spiritual sense,” Stan replied. “I’m hungry and thirsty all of the time from the physical standpoint, but never spiritually because I know where I need to go to be filled and never empty.”
“And,” he continued, “it’s all free. Jesus, through His life, death, and resurrection, paid the full price for everything I need. All I have to do is accept the provision of the fabulous all-I-need buffet.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your provision of all I need, both from the physical and the spiritual standpoints. You gave your Son so that I can look forward to life eternally with you when it is time. His life, death, and resurrection provide me with all I need for both sides of eternity. He paid the full price. All I had to do was to accept the free gift. But you expect me to do something with that free gift, and I thank you that you want me to work out the salvation you have worked in through your free gift. Through that working out, I am allowed to draw ever closer to you into an ever-deepening relationship based on knowing you and your Son. Thank you for all of your provision so that I will never hunger or thirst for what truly matters, life with you on both sides of eternity. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: Is Jesus the source of everything you need for both sides of eternity? What does that look like to you?
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