John 4: Top Priority
I am enjoying reading the gospel of John particularly this time because the relationship between Jesus and His disciples seems to be coming out more strongly to me. Here in John 4, the disciples are concerned that Jesus was not eating, and rather than answer obviously, He created a teachable moment.
Joh 4:31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
Joh 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
Joh 4:33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
Joh 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Jesus was obviously human. He needed to eat. However, He was making a more important point here. Jesus had just interacted with a Samaritan woman, and she went back into the city and told everyone to come and see Jesus. Jesus had a choice. He could sit down and have dinner, or He could preach to these people who had come to listen to Him.
Therefore, Jesus pointed out that there was something more important in His life than physical sustenance. He needed to consume actual food like we do. However, when it was time to preach the gospel, it had to be done. His sustenance was based upon doing what God the father had in His perfect will.
I then think about this for all of us. Just like Jesus, we do need to physically eat, but that is not what ought to drive our lives. There are things more important than the here and now. Jesus had an opportunity right here to preach to a large crowd of people, and for all I know, maybe He was incredibly hungry at the time. However, there was a much bigger reason for Him to be on earth. Jesus knew that was what He had to be doing.