John 4:28-34 (NIV)
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,
29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”
30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
31 Meanwhile, his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
Jesus had arrived at the well sometime in the morning. His body was exhausted, and he could not move another foot forward. His disciples left him and went into town to find some food.. While they were gone, a Samaritan woman arrived at the well to fill her water jars. She too was exhausted from the war being waged in her soul. She had tried to find life everywhere else, but her search only let her empty and her soul parched.
Jesus, exhausted, began to speak to this woman, and over the next hour or so, he gradually revealed himself to her. She came to the well, seeking water, but she found the water of everlasting life. She came with her water pots empty, but she left her water pots when she met the One who is Living Water.
The disciples returned with lunch, and they found Jesus speaking with a Samaritan woman. They noticed something about Jesus, though, that caught them by surprise; he was not hungry any longer. He was full of strength and energy he did not have when they left him a few short hours ago.
How could Jesus have found strength at this out of the way watering hole? Did someone give him something to eat? How could this man who was once exhausted and parched now have such energy that he no longer needed food? This idea was lost on the disciples.
Jesus then explains the source of his strength. “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me.” Physical food will only sustain for a brief time, but doing the will of the Father will provide energy forever. O dear saints’ taste and see that the Lord is good, and drink deeply from the source of living water and never thirst again.
In fasting from the things of the world, we find that we can truly feast on Christ, the bread from heaven.
Happy feasting Saints,