Everybody’s Belly: Why Jesus Is Concerned

And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” (John 6:12)

Photo Credit: Colette Varanouskas (Creation Swap)

Photo Credit: Colette Varanouskas (Creation Swap)

Jesus cares. He cares for the isolated and the well-off. Likewise, those whose bellies are full and those that are not. Jesus places both temporal and eternal in our bellies never neglecting our lasting and eternal nourishment.

Jesus didn’t just leave these 5,000 (or us today) with enough to tie them over but filled them with sustenance and the truth. Him, the bread of life.

Jesus sees. He saw no difference in hunger but in heart. The rich hunger. The middle-class hunger. The poor hunger. Filled pantries and refrigerators just as those with only a few items are both left empty without Christ. A relationship with Jesus and not rations alone makes for a real meal.

Jesus fills. He fills unconditionally the needs of those seeking after things eternal (John 6:35). Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

His Disciples, and Others.

Concerns like food and water never just involve a few people. Although Jesus cares for those of us who already believe he also, may be even more so, care for those who will come to believe (Luke 15:7). In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are [have been made] righteous and haven’t strayed away!

And Jesus being impartial is Jesus showing mercy to us all.

Spiritual Nourishment for the Have and Have Not

What if we placed our spiritual needs on our tables before the plates, bowls, cups, and silverware?

Although we cannot place Jesus in a higher seat than the one he presently sits on (1 Peter 3:22), imagine our dinner times and tables with Jesus. Not only with family, friends, and guests but with the highest of company and fellowship, Jesus Christ. Tables around the world being filled with the little or the much that they have because Jesus, the honored, is there.

Why Jesus is the Main Ingredient to This Life—Our Eternal Fill

Jesus’ signs of healing and provision helped those (us) in the truth that he is the saving source and supplier of both physical and spiritual needs (John 14:11)…”or else believe on the account of the works themselves. And for those of us in Him, to be active representatives and sharers in the things of God (Matthew 6:33). But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be add to you.

In seeking, in hungering, and in desiring Jesus we are, in turn, sought after by him passionately.

So let’s go Christians, Jesus still has an appetite for those God has given him (John 6:39).


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