Archive for May 8th, 2018

John 6:52-60

John 6:52-60  has Jesus stirring the religious leaders quite a bit.  Jesus has just explained that the bread was His body that would be given as a sacrifice for the life of the world.  Now these leaders are turning His words into some crazy and bizarre cannibalism twist.  “At this, the Jews started fighting among themselves: How can this man serve up his flesh for a meal”?  But Jesus doesn’t change course.  He responds even more boldly and tells them that “Only insofar as you eat and drink flesh and blood….do you have life within you”.  There are no other options.  It’s Jesus or nothing.

Guzik writes “The crucified and risen Jesus must be received and internalized – metaphorically eating – or there is no true spiritual life, no eternal life”.  The sacrificed life of Jesus is food and drink for the hungry and thirsty soul. When we receive Jesus Christ and His death on the cross for us, we truly abide in Jesus, and He in us.  “By eating my flesh and drinking my blood you enter into me and I into you”.  We have to receive all that Jesus is.  Spurgeon says “In eating and drinking, a man is not a producer, but a consumer; he is not a doer or a giver forth; he simply takes in….Eating is an act of reception in every case. So it is with faith: you have not to do, to be, or to feel, but only to receive.”

Jesus goes on using the concept of heavenly bread as the means to eternal life.  It requires us to take action.  We have to receive it and eat it.  “The one who makes a meal of me lives because of me. This is the Bread from heaven….Whoever eats this Bread will live always”.  Faith in Jesus is not compared with tasting or admiring, but with eating. Jesus says that we must have Him within us, and we must partake of Him.

  • Seeing a loaf of bread on a plate will not satisfy our hunger.
  • Knowing the ingredients in the bread will not satisfy our hunger.
  • Taking pictures of the bread will not satisfy our hunger.
  • Telling other people about the bread will not satisfy our hunger.
  • Selling the bread will not satisfy our hunger.
  • Playing catch with the bread will not satisfy our hunger.
  • Nothing will satisfy our hunger and bring us life except actually eating the bread. He who eats this bread will live forever.

All this happened in Capernaum in the synagogue.  “He said these things while teaching in the meeting place in Capernaum. Many among his disciples heard this and said, “This is tough teaching, too tough to swallow”.”  It wasn’t at some random place with some random people.  It was in the place of worship and Jesus had the opportunity to speak to the congregation.  Those in the audience struggled with it.  The disciples in attendance were not just the 12, but a much broader audience.  But Jesus never preached to tickle the ears of those on hand. He spoke truth, and while it was hard to understand, it was even harder to accept and many not only struggled but refused.

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