God With Us: Jesus our Sustainer
John 6:29-40; Psalm 75:3; Hebrews 1:1-4
29Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 30So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
3When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.
1In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
1) I am the bread of life
2) I hold the pillars firm
3) … sustaining all things by his powerful word.
He ordered the world.
He continues and continues and continues to order the world of the believer.
He sustains the world - with more than bread for one meal.
He saves us not for one moment, but for the whole of our lives and for all eternity.
Mighty God, by Your grace demonstrated to us through Jesus, we pray a covering of Your sustaining Presence in our hearts - in our minds - and in our souls. Forgive us when we are impatient or shorted sighted in the provision of life that You have given us. Grant us wisdom, grace, and strength to continually call on Your Name during the Advent Season of 2018. Thank you. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC