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I was mildly stunned by what she said.  In my hands was a letter from a lady with whom I had been corresponding about spiritual things.  To paraphrase, she said something like, “What more can you offer people other than Jesus and His wonderful sacrifice?”  I can’t remember what I wrote back word for word but it went something like this:

“For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him” (Col. 1:19).  Can I offer more than God’s fullness?

 All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him” (Col. 2:3).  More than all treasures of wisdom and knowledge?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17).  More than a new creation?

“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens” (Eph. 1:3).  More than EVERY spiritual blessing?

 For God loved the world in this way:He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  More than God’s love and life forever?

What more do you want from God?

I may have listed more or different verses than above but you get the gist—God has nothing more to offer us than Jesus.  Christ encompasses everything divine, everything of eternal purpose, everything concerning our life and godliness.  If we want something more than Jesus, that craving isn’t from God.

Israel discovered this in the desert.  They grew tired of manna.  They craved meat.  The Lord granted their request and caused a wind to blow quail into the camp.  But He told them “You will eat…until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes nauseating to you—because you have rejected the Lord who is among you” (Num. 11:4-35).  The manna was a picture of Jesus, who gave His flesh for the life of the world (John 6:30-35, 47-51).  Israel rejected Christ, who was among them as manna, and craved something they saw as more substantive.  This caused many Israelites to die as a plague came through the meat.

Is there more to this “Christian thing” than Christ?  Is there teaching that is deeper and “meatier?”  No.  These are just fleshly cravings that lead away from the bread of life.  Whoever feeds on Christ will never hunger again.