I thought of this original “Got Milk” commercial when thinking through Christ’s statement to the disciples:
My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work (John 4.34)
Sure, it’s only tangentially correlated to Christ’s statement, but you must admit, it is a funny commercial.
Seriously though, Christ is telling the disciples/us something important in this statement. He is trying to get them to understand that there is something far more important than physical food. His poor disciples were focused on physical food when he said, I have food to eat that you do not know about. Like many people in John (Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman), they were confused by Jesus’ statement, thinking he meant one thing, when in fact he meant something completely different. Indeed, one has to conclude that Jesus did this on purpose, perhaps because they would remember what he said better.
What was Christ’s point? He wanted to explain to the disciples that he had twin goals in his physical life which are really the same goal [there is a word for this hendiadys, my apologies for even pointing it out, what possible use does the word hendiadys have? If you used it, would someone understand it? Then why use it? I learned it from a—you probably guessed it—theologian, but I digress]. Jesus’ aim was to do the will of God and to accomplish his work, which really is saying the same thing twice; the will of God was (among other things) that Christ accomplish the work for which he had been sent.
What was the work that Christ needed to accomplish? Here is what he said at the cross: “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30, ESV). You be the judge.
My question to you, dear reader, what is your food? Got milk?