John 4:32 and 34 have intrigued me for a long time, and I am using one period of Lent to study and ask the Holy Spirit to show me what Jesus means in these verses. “I have food to eat that you know nothing about,” and, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.”
Food is any nourishing substance that sustains life. Substance is the essential part or element of anything and it belongs intrinsically to a thing by its very nature. Jesus is saying that His substance sustains life. That is, His nature sustains life and His nature is divine. He is God. Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25-26).
However, Jesus also has a human nature and experienced all that we do as humans. God incarnate felt the necessities of life as the Son of Man. Think about this, Jesus needed to eat to sur- vive, yet He is the Lord, the giver of Life. Jesus came to die for sinners, but He had no sin. Jesus died on the cross and was buried but He rose again from the dead. The immortal becomes mortal; God becomes man; and the Crucified becomes the
Risen. Within One Person, Jesus Christ, all the fullness of human nature and the fullness of divine nature exist.
God the Father gave the Son a human existence to accomplish what must be done on the cross so the world would be saved through Him.
Let Jesus, the Son of Man and the Son of God, be your Lenten focus.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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