Meditation on Scripture: John 6:25-40
I initially used the verses 24-35 a while back during a morning Lectio Divina and I expanded it just recently. I am sharing my impressions with you.
After the reading of the scripture my first impression was verse 24 and I immediately thought of many who have left the Anglican Church. As the verse suggests, Jesus had left and they went where he was. [Unfortunately the Anglican Communion globally is losing many who feel that they must go in search of Jesus Christ].
When I read the passage the second time I found that my thoughts moved to verses 32-35. As I meditated my understanding and appreciation for verse 35 grew. I realised that one cannot fully grasp the deepness of that verse without knowing that Jesus Christ is “the Bread of Life”. I thought how often many of us want the “bread”, yet do not fully embrace the “bread”, meaning we do not embrace Jesus as Lord of our lives or see him as a constant companion. It’s like taking a gift without acknowledging the giver or admiring a fancy car but not enjoying a ride in it.
As is customary during Lectio I read the passage a third and final time starting from verse 25 and instead of ending at verse 35 I continued reading to verse 40. This time I got a new revelation as I contemplated on verses 38-40. While I was reading the passage, I found myself praying to be more like Jesus as he is represented in the passage as the “bread of life”.
I became aware that as Christ Ambassador I am to become the “bread of life” to my fellow believers in their times of despair, grief, pain and guidance. Assuring them that indeed God’s grace is sufficient. By the way that I live and conduct myself I can become the “bread of life” to the unbeliever so that he or she may learn of the love of Christ. By grace I can do this even when approached by the unlovable.
I formed this prayer from the scripture passage:
Dear Jesus, as you’re Ambassador I want to be the “bread of Life” to all who need you; I pray that daily others may see you in me and want to share in your saving grace. I pray that just as God the Father sent you Lord, to give life to the world, that I too may be an instrument
bringing life to others. For I long to do my Father’s will so that everyone who believes in Jesus the Christ, will have eternal life and be
raised up on the last day. Amen
I also pray that others will begin to understand that as Christians we are to strive for and be as close a model of Jesus Christ as we can be. The old saying “ Christ has no hands, but ours......” is as true today as it was when my Sunday school teacher told it to me many years ago.
*If you are interested in doing your devotions in this manner, than I refer you to my webpage "Personal Edification Through Prayer" at http://www.geocities.com/ceciaskew/prayerlife.html or to my e-book "Sacred Readings".
Author: R Cecilia Askew
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