One of the more doubt-inducing statements Christ spoke was this: Never be anxious about what we eat or what we wear because our Father knows what we need.
Never? In the time it takes me to write this post, someone will have starved. Probably several someones. Probably child someones. How then are we to understand what Christ could have meant here?
It is never prudent to pull one passage of Scripture away from the rest of it. That’s an excellent way to build a straw man, but a poor way to understand bigger things. If we broaden the lens, we see a bigger picture.
Take the death of Lazarus. When Lazarus expired, Jesus not only wept, but raged. The term in the Greek connotes the snorting of a horse before battle. Jesus’ goal wasn’t merely keeping some of His buddies around a little longer. What would be the point? We know Lazarus later died again. No Jesus’ enemy, and His deeper meaning in the passage about feeding and clothing the many, is death itself. This is His true enemy, the one He rages against.
Though we may expire, what happens next? If you had piles of bread, all you could ever need, would it solve your bigger problem? What bread solves the death problem that haunts us all? What clothing protects from that storm?
Here we get the good stuff:
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’”
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
Jesus’ death, His blood shed for His people, becomes to us bread. That’s why we celebrate the Lord’s Supper with Bread, His body broken for us.
Jesus’ death, His blood shed for us becomes a white robe to cover our sin, a garment of salvation.
One day we will be clothed in greater splendor than Solomon. One day the great enemy will be defeated forever. This is why the Christian should never be anxious. This is why we come to Christ to live.
At Hope Church, we are working through the Sermon on the Mount on Sundays. Come check us out! We meet at 10:00am at 7984 S 1300 E, SANDY, UT 84094, next to VASA Fitness at Salt Mine. We’d love to meet you!