He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. (Jn. 6:54-55 NAS)
Jesus told His listeners that they would have to eat His flesh, and drink His blood, for them to have eternal life. As expected, there was an outcry from the audience when they imagined eating human flesh as their meat. The scripture records “the Jews therefore began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” (Jn. 6:52 ). That Word was obviously too much for them to handle.
It did not end with the Jews, because Jesus’s very disciples were also terrified with the thought of having to eat His flesh and, “Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, ‘Does this cause you to stumble?'” (Jn. 6:61). He had to explain what His flesh and blood represented to diffuse the tension created by their lack of spiritual understanding. He said “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. (Jn. 6:63). This verse makes it clear that the flesh and blood were not physical, but spiritual. His Word was the meat and drink He was talking about. When we know and believe the Word that Jesus’s body was broken for us, and His blood was shed for our sins, we are spiritually eating the Word. Each time you know and believe the Word, you are feeding your spirit. Keep feeding on Christ as much as possible. As we eat, eternal life is permeating every part of our being. The goal is for you to eat until you become “spiritually obese” with the Word, a place were His Word dwells in you richly.
Think about the spiritual meaning of the verse above. How is your spiritual dietary habits?
Bless the Lord for the feast of His Son. Pray that He will create in you an insatiable appetite for His Word.
Feed on Christ daily. We understand the need for daily proper natural nutrition, and it is somewhat difficult to miss a daily meal. What about spiritual Bread? If only we understood the need for spiritual daily Bread as we do natural bread! Feed on the Word constantly, because you are infusing your being with God’s life as you do.
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