Nicky Gumble was preaching in London on one occasion. His text for the day was, “I am the bread of life”, that wonderful statement by Jesus to his followers. After Gumble’s sermon, a lady visiting from China said to him in the hallway, “You know, I think had Jesus been speaking to the people of my country when He made that statement He would have said ‘I am the rice of life’.” She went on to explain that in her country at dinner time, unless they have rice they are not truly satisfied. She said, “It’s almost like we have two stomachs. One for all the other food we eat, and one for rice, and unless that one for rice is filled we are not satisfied.” In a setting which craved and lived on bread, Jesus said, “I am the bread of life”. In other words, Jesus was saying He alone could satisfy them. He alone could fill them.
In John 6, Jesus performs an amazing miracle. Thousands have gathered on a remote hillside to hear Him preach and follow in His footsteps. It’s late, there’s no shops nearby, and the people are starving. A little boy appears with 5 barley loaves and 2 small fish. Jesus takes the food in his hands, prays over it, and provides enough food for the 5000 men, women and children.
And in that context Jesus then says, “I am the bread of life”. Just as Jesus was able to fill people physically on the mountain that day and satisfy them deeply, so He alone is able to fill each of us spiritually and satisfy our deepest longings.
One of my friends at university was called Holty. He was the biggest drinker, womanizer and rugby player in our college. Through an amazing series of events he ended up coming with me to church one Sunday in the centre of London. He listened that day to Rico Tice, who spoke on the person of Jesus. And as we walked out at the end of the service, and stood on the steps outside church, Holty looked at me in the eyes and said, “I have found what I have been looking for my whole life”.
Christ alone can fill. He alone can satisfy. He alone brings contentment.
As you continue to pray for your 3 friends who don’t yet know Jesus, pray this week specifically that they might find filling in Christ. Many friends run after the world, search for contentment, a high, some sort of pleasure and life in all its fullness. Pray this week that your friends might encounter the Lord Jesus this year and as they come to Him they might know that He alone can fill and satisfy them. That there might be a mighty movement of people who come to Christ and cry, “Fill us up Lord!”
- Pray each day for your 3 friends
- Join us at one of our prayer watches this week (M-W: 8-9am & 1-2pm, Th-Fr: 8-9am, 1-2pm & 8-9pm)
- Join us for corporate prayer on Wed night @ 8pm as we pray blessing over 1000 Lives
- Worship with us next Sunday as we continue our series in John ‘1000 Lives – touched by the person & power of Jesus’