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March 29 // The Sustenance

March 29 // The Sustenance

John opens his gospel by revealing that Jesus is the Word of God. He is the Word that created the world and the Word that continues to sustain us. When Jesus began his public ministry he spent 40 days in the wilderness fasting. There he was tempted by Satan to turn stones into bread.  Jesus replied, “People do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” The food of the Kingdom is the Word of God. Jesus himself sustains us.

On this second day of the fast, you are likely experiencing some temptation. Turn your face to the One who sustains your life. Look to the Word of God to fill you. Worry it like a dog worries a bone, as one theologian says. Suck the marrow out of God’s Word, savoring every taste.

On the last night, before his death, Jesus reminded us again that he is the Bread of Life.  He gave us a meal, the bread and the wine. We call this communion. The bread is his body broken for us and the wine, his blood, poured out for the forgiveness of our sins.  When we eat this meal, we commune with our Savior, and we commune with His Body, fellow believers.

Tomorrow we feast together, delighting in the One who sustains us always. Let your hunger today sweeten the anticipation for tomorrow.

Scripture for Contemplation:

Luke 22:14-20

Art for Contemplation:

Praying in Gethsemane

Closing Prayer:

Jesus, Best Friend,
May your soul give life to me.
May your flesh be food for me.
May you warm my hardened heart.

Jesus, Best Friend,
May your tears now wash me clean.
May your passion keep me strong.
May you listen to my plea.

Jesus, Best Friend,
May your wounds take in my hurts.
May your gaze be fixed on me.
May I not betray your love.

Jesus, Best Friend,
May you call me at death’s door.
May you hold me close to you.
May you place me with God’s saints.
May I ever sing your praise.

Amen.

Additional Resources:

Is Busyness A Drug? By Shauna Niequist