Food Which Endures To Eternal Life
John 6:27, “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”
Periodically in our household my wife, and very rarely me, takes the time to clean out our refrigerator. She goes through and throws out all the food which is going bad and has expired. What I always think about when she does this, is how everything perishes, everything has an expiration date. No matter how great the original meal was, those leftovers don’t last forever.
This principle applies to life in general. Nothing in this life lasts forever. Yesterday I was talking with a brother in Christ who works at one of the three coal mines that we have in our area. The reality for him and for our community, is that the coal industry is declining. This is for a variety of reasons that I won’t get into here, but it is an economic reality. With three coal mines and two coal fired power plants in our area this is of course of great concern to the people who live and work here. My friend however wasn’t too concerned about it because he knows that God is sovereign and in complete control of everything. He was sharing with me some ideas about what he might do when the day comes that he doesn’t have a job in the coal industry. Most people in our community don’t have that perspective. Most people are very concerned about this because far too many of them have put their trust in something that is ultimately temporary. In the United States we tend to put our trust in material and money and in the things, like a job, that provide those two things.
Here in John 6:37, Jesus is replying to a crowd of people who were following Him and who had witnessed Him feed five-thousand people the day before with a few loaves of bread and a few fish. He had fed them to the point that it said there were leftovers. John 6:13 says, “So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.” This crowd wanted more. That’s why they were following Jesus. They wanted a show, more miracles, and free food.
So many people today in the American Church have the same attitude. They want a show, they want to be entertained, they want an experience. But all those things are fleeting. They are here today and gone tomorrow. What Jesus is really offering both to those people in John 6 and to you today is not some emotional experience. He is offering you “eternal life” and that can never be taken away from you.
The reality is that every single person in the world will have eternal life. The issue is, where are you going to spend eternity? If you place your trust in the fleeting things of this world, the temporary things of this world; a job, an industry, a bank account, a relationship, an experience. Then you will spend your eternity in hell. If, however, you place your trust in “the food that endures to eternal life,” Jesus Christ, you will spend eternity with Him.
Your biggest problem whether you realize it or not is not that you might lose your job. Your biggest problem is that you are a sinner and that sin separates you from God. The only way that can be remedied is by you placing your trust not in yourself, not in your back account, not in your job, or your family, or whatever. The only way this can be remedied is by your completely trust in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and eternal life. Which will it be?