The Incredible Love Of God
John 4:27-38 NIV
Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” (John 4:27)
Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. (John 4:31-34)
When the disciples came back with food, they urged Jesus to eat something. It is not revealed in this passage whether Jesus did eat. But we can sense from the passage that Jesus didn’t really appear in the mood for eating at all. Haven’t we ever been so engrossed in something that we don’t feel like eating?
Jesus said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” But we now know what’s the food Jesus talked about – to do God’s will and to finish God’s work.
Jesus was excited that the Samaritan woman was going out to her people with news about him, and eagerly waited for them to come. He had no mood to eat as his mind focused on his mission to bring them all back to God. Can we see the love of our Father through the love of the Son? Can we see a glimpse of the Father in the parable of the prodigal son, as he waited for his son’s return?
Knowing how intense Jesus was in completing God’s work helps us to understand the degree of His love for us. All of Jesus' thoughts were about our salvation. We should not doubt his love for us, and his eagerness to save us.
The disciples didn’t completely understand Jesus’ purpose and his love for people, despite following him. We may be the same too, even though we could have been in the faith for years. How do we keep our mind refreshed about Jesus’ love and purpose? We can do so through devotion in God’s words and prayer.
Devotion in the Word and prayer does not mean doing it all by ourselves. In Acts 2:42, the disciples were together when they “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”. I’ve been reminded so often about God’s grace and love through these activities with fellow disciples. This is the kind of church we should build.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit. Andy joined the Central Christian Church in 1990.