Why do we give out food?

16:18 Podcast – #1 Why do we give out food?

Monday through Friday, our ministry team in Medgidia, Romania, evangelizes the community by giving food to the poor, the orphans, and the widows. Our goal is not to feed stomachs, however, but to feed hearts.

Why do they come for food?

Why are all of you here? Why do you come to our van every day? Because you are hungry, you come for food. Because you are in need, you come for satisfaction. We read in the Word of God that over five thousand people came to Jesus at one time to hear him teach and, when they were hungry, he fed them with bread and fish. You may think that these people would be satisfied from this meal, but just as with every meal that we eat, we may be full now, but soon we will be hungry again.

Jesus’ response

So, the people followed Jesus, hoping that He would feed them again. What was His response to the people who were coming to find more food? He told them that He could give them bread that, once they eat of it, would satisfy their hunger forever! Jesus called this bread, “The Bread of Life.” What a great thing that would be! If you had this “Bread of Life” you would never need to go to the store to buy food! You would never be hungry again!

What is this “Bread?”

However, was this what Jesus was saying? Was He saying that if you ate this “Bread of Life,” that you would never be physically hungry again? No. What He was saying is something more important that physical hunger. Something more important than physical life. Jesus said these words in the Gospel of John 6:35, 40,

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty… For 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.”

Final thoughts

Jesus is saying to all of us today, that He is the “Bread of Life,” and if you believe Him, that He is the Son of God and that salvation can only be found in Him alone, then you will receive eternal life in Heaven. If you do not believe in Jesus Christ, then you will not receive eternal life and you will be condemned to hell.

We give food every day for two reasons: (1) Because we love you, but, even more importantly, (2) so that you may see the love of Jesus, hear His words, and receive the “Bread of Life” by believing in Him.

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