As the Bread of Life and the Living Water, Jesus offers spiritual satisfaction. Compare this to an account from Greek mythology. King Tantalus is a figure in one story who was punished in the underworld by being chained in a lake. The water level would rise to his chin, but when he lowered his head to slake his thirst, the water immediately receded out of reach. Over his head were branches laden with choice fruit, but they immediately withdrew whenever he reached upward to satisfy his hunger. A symbol of utter frustration, his name is immortalized in the English word “tantalize.”
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” “John 6:35)
Notice that when Jesus says, “whoever comes to me,” he does not tantalize. He feeds, quenches thirst, and offers eternal life. You know he is waiting on each of us. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Rev 3:20)
Prayer: Lord, please receive and feed the hungry soul who is now praying. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.