• Stephen Hill

The Father's approval is eternal food

“When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” (John 6:25-27)

In this opening remark, Jesus tells the people

what the essence of eternal food is.

Eternal food is the Father’s seal of approval, attestation and authentication.

This food, substantiated in the human heart, does not grow stale or develop mould. It is the answer to the basic need of the human heart, that of significance, of being loved. When we have an ongoing experience of the Father’s approval and know the reality that we belong to Him, we do not hunger again.

Without a sense of approval and significance from the Father Himself, we will always be forced to feed on that which will not last. Without the seal of the Father’s approval, we will never be able to satisfy the gnawing hunger at the very kernel of our being.

The Son, however, is given the approval of the Father. What is more, it is the Son of Man who is given the Father’s approval. This approval is not confined (or even available) within the closed circle of divinity, but it comes upon the human Jesus. The Father’s seal is stamped upon the Son, who in His humanity is dependent upon the Father, and who needs to draw constantly from His Source. The seal of the Father’s approval is especially crafted to fit sonship in the human condition.

We live our lives looking for approval from external sources. Approval is the food that we feed on but when we look for it from the outside we become hungry again.

Discovering that the Father’s approval is constantly there on the inside – in our hearts – means that our hunger is satisfied continually because we are fed from within ourselves. As a result, there is less and less need to be approved by external sources. This is the bread which doesn’t get stale or run out of supply!

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