The Bread of Life
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We turn to God’s Word in one of the most precious passages in the Word of God, “Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.
“Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread and your labor for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me and eat ye that which is good and let your soul delight itself in fatness!” (Isaiah 55:1–2)
This wonderful passage tells of the promises of Christ Jesus, calling to faith and repentance, and He tells you here of the blessings that will accrue to those that would accept the invitation.
The greatest of all supernatural things to me is that Christ, the incarnate Savior, should plead with us in all of our emptiness to come and partake of His riches and glory. So marvelous! He says if you’re thirsty in soul, come. If you’re hungry of heart, come. And he that hath no money, come without money and without price.
He’s saying also in this passage, nothing has satisfied you; you still have that emptiness, that aching void. You spent your money for that which is not bread and your labor for that which satisfied not, now come and eat that which is good. Let your soul delight itself.
God’s Word declares Jesus Christ is a satisfying portion, and you know that millions have testified that it is so, that He has satisfied every desire of their needy souls, and that when they knew nothing but the world’s wages, spending money for that which satisfied not, Christ came into their life. Then there dawned upon their dark souls a light that never is on land or sea. As God’s Word puts it, “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)
You are listening in, the one that has never known Him. He knows that you don’t care about Him. He knows just what you are, yet He humbles Himself and stoops down to your very level, and He pleads with you to come. He said, “Come unto me; hear and your soul shall live.” (Isaiah 55:3) Isn’t it wonderful that you’re still alive and God is giving you another chance? That you’re still in the place of hope, you still have the opportunity to meet the Savior?
He says in another scripture: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come into him and sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) Another wonderful “Come.” He just says, come, come, come, all the time! If you could only realize dimly what a satisfying portion Christ is, you’d leap to accept this invitation of His. God grant that you’ll not leap too late. For as sure as you’re there listening to this invitation, and we’re here telling you of it from God’s Word, just so sure the Judgment Day is coming.
In that hour you’ll know too late that He was that bread of life that could have utterly satisfied your hunger, but instead you spent your all for that which satisfied not. And you will know then that He was a fountain of living water, but you refused to come to Him and drink. Oh, that’s a tragedy! In that hour you’ll remember how He pled in this third verse here, “Incline your ear and come unto me; hear and your soul shall live.” For His Word also says, “This is life eternal, to know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) So many scores of times He says come, come!
Dwight L. Moody was asked one time just what was meant by “come.” “Tell us what it is to come.” And Moody said, “I’ve given up trying to explain it. I always feel like the colored minister who said he was going to confound the Scripture about this, instead of saying he was going to expound it.” If I go into too much detail, I might confound it.
Surely you know what the simple word “come” means? It’s just the loving call of the Father God to your heart to come to Him and partake of the riches of glory, salvation, eternal life. Now do you ask how to obtain this bread that satisfies and the springs of life that never dry up? Just as we’ve said, it’s just for the asking. Tonight there in your bedroom alone, or there by your radio now, get to God and accept His gracious invitation, He says, “Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)
Note again in closing, the closing words in this 55th chapter of Isaiah, “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” And then verse 7 closes with these words, “He will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon,” if the wicked will forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts and return unto the Lord.
Won’t you in return accept His invitation? He loves you and calls for you to come. God reigns tonight, and oh, how He can change your life! He’s still on the throne, and prayer changes things.