What Jesus Did! 'Food for the Body and the Soul' — Luke 6:21a

Saturday, March 28, 2015

"What great blessings there are for you people that are hungry now! You will be filled."
— Luke 6:21a
Illustration of Luke 6:21a — "What great blessings there are for you people that are hungry now! You will be filled."

Key Thought

We all have hunger. Yes, we do have the daily physical hunger, but that physical hunger should point us to a deeper hunger: we are hungry for God. Sometimes we try to find comfort in physical food to compensate for the hunger we feel in our souls. But, there is a place in each of us that longs for God, that hungers for his presence, and that yearns for his fullness. If we will acknowledge our hunger for God, then we can be satisfied—he will come to us and make his home in us.

Today's Prayer

O Father, give me this day the daily bread I need for my body. In addition, dear Father, give me the living bread of your presence in Jesus that feeds my soul and sustains my life. Help me recognize, dear Father, that I am hungry for you. Please, come fill my emptiness, heal my brokenness, and feed my soul. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus and the apostles came down from the mountain. Jesus stood on a flat place. A large group of his followers were there. Also, there were many people from all around Judea, Jerusalem, and the seacoast cities of Tyre and Sidon. They all came to hear Jesus teach and to be healed of their sicknesses. Jesus healed those people that were troubled by evil spirits {from the devil}. All the people were trying to touch Jesus, because power was coming out from him. Jesus healed them all! Jesus looked at his followers and said, "What great blessings there are for you poor people! God's kingdom belongs to you. What great blessings there are for you people that are hungry now! You will be filled. What great blessings there are for you people that are crying now! You will be {happy and} laughing. "People will hate you because you belong to the Son of Man. They will make you leave their group. They will insult you. They will think it is wrong even to say your name. When these things happen, know that God will bless you. At that time you can be happy and jump for joy, because you have a great reward in heaven. Their fathers were mean to the prophets in the same way that these people are mean to you. "But it will be bad for you, you rich people, because you had your easy life. It will be bad for you people that are full now, because you will be hungry. It will be bad for you people that are laughing now, because you will be sad and cry. "It is bad when all people say good things about you. Their fathers always said good things about the false prophets.

Luke 6:17-26

Related Scripture Readings

Give us the food we need for each day.

Matthew 6:11

Then Paul stood before the meeting of the Areopagus council. Paul said, "Men of Athens, I can see that you are very religious in all things. I was going through your city and I saw the things you worship. I found an altar that had these words written on it: 'TO the god who is not known.' You worship a god that you don't know. This is the God I am telling you about! He is the God who made the whole world and everything in it. He is the Lord (Ruler) of the land and the sky. He does not live in temples that men build! This God is the One who gives life, breath, and everything else to people. He does not need any help from people. God has everything he needs. God began by making one man (Adam). From him God made all the different people. God made them to live everywhere in the world. God decided exactly when and where they must live. God wanted the people to look for him. Maybe they could search all around for him and find him. But he is not far from any of us: 'We live with him. We walk with him. We are with him.' Some of your own writers have said: 'For we are his children.'

Acts 17:22-28

Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. Moses was not the one that gave your people bread from heaven. But my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. What is the bread of God? God's bread is the One that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." The people said, "Sir, give us this bread always." Then Jesus said, "I am the bread that gives life. The person that comes to me will never be hungry. The person that believes in me will never be thirsty.

John 6:32-35

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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