March 13, 2017: Verse of the day

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Jesus responded to their confusion by teaching them a critical spiritual truth. In words reminiscent of Moses’ declaration, “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:3)—words He Himself quoted to Satan during His temptation (Matt. 4:4)—Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” Doing God’s will (cf. 5:30; 6:38; 8:29; Ps. 40:8; Matt. 26:39; Rom. 15:3) by proclaiming the truth to a lost sinner gave the Lord far more satisfaction (cf. Luke 15:10; 19:10) than any physical food could provide (cf. Job 23:12). Jesus frequently referred to the Father as the One who sent Him (5:24, 30, 36–37; 6:38–39, 44, 57; 7:16, 28, 29, 33; 8:16, 18, 26, 29, 42; 9:4; 11:42; 12:44–45, 49; 13:20; 14:24; 15:21; 16:5; 17:8, 18, 21, 23, 25; 20:21; Matt. 10:40; Mark 9:37; Luke 4:18; 9:48; 10:16); His goal during His earthly ministry was to accomplish His work (cf. 5:17, 36; 9:4; 10:25, 32, 37–38; 14:10; 17:4) of salvation (6:38–40; Matt. 1:21; Luke 5:31–32; 19:10; 1 John 4:9). Throughout His ministry, Jesus walked in perfect intimacy with His Father. He lived in complete accordance with the Father’s will until His cry of triumph from the cross, “It is finished!” (19:30), marked the accomplishment of His mission on earth. Submitting to the Father was Jesus’ constant devotion, consummate joy, and true sustenance.

MacArthur New Testament Commentary

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