There were two men walking to the small town of Emmaus three
days after Jesus had been crucified and buried. They were very sad because of
this event. While they were walking, a man whom they did not recognize joined
them. As they walked they spoke of the things which had happened. They spoke of
a report by certain women that Jesus had risen from the dead and was now alive.
They puzzled over this news. The stranger stayed with them and shared a meal
and as “He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them…their eyes
were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight. And they
said one to another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us
by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures.’” Luke 24:13-32.
If we are believers in the gospel of God’s grace, we understand
the power of the Word of God. But as believers, the power of that Word needs
to be applied to the foundation of the basic elements of life so that, just as
the men in Luke 24, the power of that Word burns within us. The bible has practical
examples of this and some of them are here.
In Mark 8:1-3 is the record of “a vast throng” listening to
Jesus’ words. The throng has been listening for three days without eating—a
basic elemental need—food.
In Luke 10:38-42 is the story of Mary sitting at the feet of
Jesus choosing Him over food while Martha is busy preparing food to serve.
Jesus rebukes Martha for complaining about serving alone while Mary, in her
eyes, does nothing. But Jesus says that Mary has chosen the better of the two--his
words over food and His words will not be taken from her, and in contrast, what
we eat—a basic element—is temporal.
In John 6:63 Jesus declares, “The spirit is that which is
vivifying. The flesh is not benefiting anything. The declarations which I have
spoken to you are spirit and are life.” The flesh is a basic element of
physical life and the Word is a basic element of spiritual life.
Earlier in John 6 and verse 47, “Verily, verily, I am saying
to you that he who is believing in Me has life eonian. I am the Bread of life.” Now we come to the original statement
concerning believers—“If we are believers in the gospel of God’s grace, we
understand the power of the Word of God.”
The “vast throng” of Mark 8 believed that the
words of Jesus were important or they would not have stayed to listen. So
Jesus’ words were more important to them than food.
Mary believed that listening to Jesus was more
important than the preparation and serving of food and, contrariwise, Martha
was busy with preparing for the physical needs.
Jesus declares in John 6 that the flesh does not
profit anything; only the words that He spoke are profitable because they are spirit
Also in John 6 Jesus declares himself to be the
“Bread of life.”
So that means that we have a choice to make concerning what
we believe and our choice, physical needs or spiritual needs, will demonstrate
this belief by revealing what is most important.
Years ago a preacher preached a message about the word of God.
He made an interesting statement about being healthy and used Colossians 1:17,
“All is created through Him and for Him, and He is before all, and all has its
cohesion in Him.” Since the Head of the Body, Jesus Christ holds everything in
creation together, WHICH HE CREATED BY HIS WORD, the preacher’s thought was
that you must be filled with the word to be physically whole.
But let’s look at that in a different light. Jesus said, “The
spirit is that which is vivifying. The flesh is not benefiting anything. The
declarations which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” John 6:63.
Again in Colossians chapter 1 and verse 13 we read that we have already been
translated in the kingdom of God’s Son. The life here on this earth, in this
physical form, is no longer a priority in and of itself. Yes, we walk here but
our hearts are there. We breathe here but our breath is there. We eat physical
food here but our spiritual food, God’s Word, is there. God’s Word, His beloved
Son, is our life and breath and He is there. That is power. That is
righteousness. That is holiness. That is health. There is nothing that defiles
in the kingdom of His Son. When we set our thoughts and lives in the presence of
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our flesh becomes profitable to the kingdom
of God’s Son.
How can that be practical in our lives? Have you ever been
so intent upon a goal that nothing else could take place until the goal was
accomplished? You did not feel hunger or need sleep. Can you remember that
circumstance or event?
The apostle Paul, in Philippians 3, speaks of his goal in
Christ Jesus. “But to be sure, I am also deeming all to be a forfeit because of
the superiority of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, because of Whom I
forfeited all, and am deeming it to be refuse, that I should be gaining Christ,
and may be found in Him, not having my righteousness, which is of law, but that
which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is from God for
faith: to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of
His sufferings, conforming to His death…” verses 8-10. In 2 Corinthians 11:21-33, Paul suffered much as a result of his steadfast service for his Lord. Moses
chose to suffer with the children of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin
for a season, Hebrews 11:25. These are some practical lessons demonstrated by
believers and followers of God.
Is what we have in this life so important? Just as Paul
considered everything that he had gained in his earthly life
refuse/dung/garbage, so must we also do with everything that is worldly gain. There
are many verses in scripture concerning this physical
existence and the attitude we should have toward it. Here are several of them:
Job said that “Man that is born of a woman is of few days,
and full of trouble,” Job 14:1.
Jesus said, “The spirit is that which is vivifying. The
flesh is not benefiting anything.” John 6:63
The apostle Paul said that “to be carnally [fleshly] minded
is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6.
In 2 Corinthians 5:8 we are told that, “We walk by faith and
not by sight.”
Paul made this statement concerning his suffering in the
flesh: “My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength [spirit] is made
perfect in your weakness [flesh]. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in
my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.
So, what are the things that occupy the flesh: eating,
clothing, decorating, sleeping, exercising, tanning, comforts, possessing
electronic gadgets, partying? Add your own comforts as everyone is different.
Just look around you right now. What you SEE is temporary.
What, then, is the lesson from all of this? Should we eat?
Yes, of course we need to take nourishment. Should we be clothed? Yes, please
be clothed! Should we present ourselves well in this present society? Of course
we should. Should we exercise to be healthy? Again, the obvious answer is yes.
But what is our purpose in doing these things? What is our goal in taking care
of the body? This life is a precious gift from our Creator and we honor Him by
caring for ourselves. 1 Corinthians 6: tells us, “glorify God in your body and
your spirit, WHICH ARE GOD’S!”
However, it’s the spirit that vivifies. The flesh does not have value
apart from the spirit.
Because the flesh, apart from the spirit, is death—do you
really want to be dead? Like zombies? Paul
tells us in Romans 5:12 that we inherited death from Adam but from Christ we
inherit LIFE! When we become so enamored with our bodies and lose sight of the
most important thing, the spirit--being alive in Christ--we greatly err.
And what a treasure we have in these earthen vessels—God’s
word, God’s power, God’s righteousness. We have within us the glory of the
eons, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is better than food and preferring Him
over physical or carnal needs will continue to mature us across the eons.
Let’s build a fire in our hearts by getting a vision of who
our Lord really is and fill our hearts and our lives with joy and peace and
When the Saviour Came My Way
I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice wholly, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service; and be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2
You ask me why I love the Lord. Well, friend, just let me say Life was not worth living 'Till the Saviour came my way.
You say I lose so much in life. Yes, friend, PRAISE GOD, I do. I lose the sin and sorrow Which was all I ever knew.
I lose the days spent seeking joy, The long nights full of tears; I lose the heavy burdens, Which I carried through the years.
But friend, I would not have them back For all that you could pay. My life was not worth living 'Till the Saviour came my way.
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10