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John 6:35 “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.””

In the Columbo mystery episode entitled “Any Old Port in a Storm”, the killer tried to cover up the victim’s murder by making it look like he had hit his head while scuba diving, and thus drowned. The murderer disposed of the body several days later after returning from out of town to setup his alibi. Columbo is set on the case by the victim’s fiancée, who filed him as a missing person. The detective’s suspicion is aroused when he find out something in the autopsy report. In talking with the fiancée, he discovers the victim was a real healthy, athletic adventurer, and ate to support his active lifestyle. The autopsy report shows that he hadn’t eaten in several days; the fiancée confirms he would never starve himself like that. Columbo even cryptically quotes the report as “depriving himself of food would leave him extremely weak”…”so why would a guy go scuba diving, if he hasn’t eaten in several days?” Columbo thinks out loud.

Food is one of the basic necessities we must have to survive; our physical bodies must have nourishment.

Famed chef Jose Andres was interviewed back in November of 2017 by Anderson Cooper for the CBS news program 60 Minutes. In it, they were discussing the chef’s efforts to help feed the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. During the conversation, Cooper states that “it’s so interesting to me how for you (Andres), food is at the center of everything.” Jose Andres replied, “Anderson, food touches everything. Food is in our DNA. Food touches the economy. Food is science. Food is romanticism. Food is health. Food has many of the opportunities to have a better tomorrow.” (this entire interview can be found at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/feeding-puerto-rico/).

Jesus told his disciples, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger”. Our spiritual lives crave nourishment as well. They can wither into nothing without the fulfillment that they need to grow. Many a scientist has “withered” trying to fill that void with intellectual musings. Jesus is the only answer for our spiritual sustenance, growth, and maturity. Similar to what Jose Andres said about food, to a growing Christian, Jesus touches everything.

God gave my wife an epiphany on this title. She remarked, “The Bread of Life was laid in a feeding trough.” Remember, that’s what the manger in the stable was…a source of food.

Something to think about.

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Verse 20: “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

You Are There was a television program based on a radio show on CBS that ran from 1953 to 1957. It starred then correspondent Walter Cronkite hosting reenactments of major world events, complete with reports and interviews being broadcast as the event “happened”. The program’s closing lines were memorable: “What sort of a day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times…and you were there.” (information here gathered from The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946-Present 4th edition, copyright 1988, by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh.)

The program apparently showed famous events as they were just happening, showing the viewer the action as if it were happening NOW…and that they saw it and heard it with their own senses.

Peter and John didn’t have to have a reenactment. Not only did they walk with Jesus as His disciples, there WERE there, doing miracles in His name, and preaching the Good News. They couldn’t help but tell what they had seen and heard, even in the face of persecution from the authorities. Praise God for their boldness that they even outright TOLD them that.

May we be as bold today when we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that “we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard”.

Something to think about.

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