John 6:47-48 in The Living Bible reads as follows: “How earnestly I tell you this – anyone who believes in me already has eternal life! Yes, I am the Bread of Life!” And, the essence of another teaching of Jesus is humanity does not live only on bread. So, the people of Jesus’ day must have been struggling with something with which we struggle today. I believe that struggle is over just what it is we human beings need to be really and fully alive to ourselves and to the world in which we are privileged to live out our days.
Just as in Jesus’ day there were those who believed that if people have certain so-called necessities of life like a good job, economic well-being, security, etc. then all would be well. Jesus reminded the people then and it is a good reminder for the people of today that taking care of our physical needs only does not a really meaningful, purposeful and joyful life make. I remember once a statement by the late Johnny Carson during a Tonight Show monologue in which he said in a rather sober manner, “Money does not make you happy.” I remember the brokenness that was in his life at the time and I remember that he did not die a happy man. He had fame and fortune. Yet, his soul longed for something more.
Now, I believe in economic prosperity, I believe that we need good jobs, security and all the rest of those “things” as we journey upon the face of this earth. In other words, I am certainly not a proponent of “pie in the sky.” But, I believe with Jesus that we need and must have something much more than those things upon which so much of our political rhetoric is based in this day. What I take from Jesus’ words is a clear warning to the times in which we find ourselves. The warning is simply this, if we believe that economic prosperity is all it takes for our society and our world to bring forth the best that is in us, we are very sadly mistaken.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 9:20 AM EDT