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True Nourishment

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John 4:31-34

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31Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. I.      Review                                                                                                                A.     Jesus has come to the well because he was tired from his journey.B.     He has dialogued with a hostile Samaritan woman about 1.      himself as the source of “living water” or true life.2.      about the nature of true worship and true worshippers.C.    He now turns to speak of true nourishment.1.      which is both source2.      and worship                                          II.    Covenantal Creation and Re-Creation                                                         A.   Creation is not a tension between the physical and the immaterial.1.      Seeing the material world as Created by a God who is not material.2.      Seeing God as more valuable, more intoxicating, more satisfying than any food or drink.3.      Illustration of an Engaged coupleB.   The covenantal nature of being created1.      God is really that great!!!!!2.      Recreation (Flip-it): God has occupied himself through out all that is history in the salvation of his people – not eating, not drinking, not resting until Creation is completely restored, summed up in Christ.3.      Illustration. The two young Missionary women captured in Afghanistan.  a.      Captured.b.      Parents flew to Pakistan and would not leave until their daughters had been released.c.      When they were there was much rejoicing.d.      This is how God is with us. 
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! Cross References

4:3131Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” John 1:38 (ESV)
38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
4:3232But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”   
4:3333So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” John 4:11-15 (ESV)
11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 2:20 (ESV)
20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” John 3:4 (ESV)
4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” John 6:34 (ESV)
34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” John 6:52 (ESV)
52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
4:3434Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Job 23:12 (ESV)
12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food. John 5:30 (ESV)
30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. John 6:38 (ESV)
38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. John 14:31 (ESV)
31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.  John 5:36 (ESV)
36 But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. John 17:4 (ESV)
4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.

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