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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jesus Eater

Jesus the Bread of Life

John 6:25-59

25When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
26Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for Me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On Him God the Father has placed His seal of approval.”
28Then they asked Him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
29Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.”
30So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
32Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.
33For the bread of God is He Who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.
34“Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.”
35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty. 36But as I told you, you have seen Me and still you do not believe. 37All that the Father gives Me will come to me, and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away. 38For I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him Who sent Me. 39And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day.
40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise Him up at the last day.”
41At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”
43“Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44“No one can come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me draws him, and I will raise Him up at the last day. 45It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to Me. 46No one has seen the Father except the One Who is from God; only He has seen the Father. 47I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. 48I am the bread of life. 49Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. 50But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.
51 I am the Living Bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
52Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”
53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink.
56 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him. 57Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.


Today’s Topic : What is the True Food and Real Drink for Human?

Verse 55 :

“For My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink.”

Greek Text

ἡ γὰρ σάρξ μου ἀληθής ἐστιν βρῶσις, καὶ τὸ αἷμα μου ἀληθής ἐστιν πόσις.

σάρξ, sárks - properly, flesh (“carnal”), “flesh” is not always evil in Scripture. Indeed, it is used positively for the sinless human body of Jesus (John 1:14; 1 John 4:2, 3). Indeed, flesh (what is physical) is necessary for the body to live out the faith the Lord works in (Galatians 2:20).

αἷμα, haima - blood, whether of men or of animals.


Verses 55-56:

“Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.”

Eating His flesh and drinking His blood simply means “to benefit from His death on the cross and have the everlasting life by coming to Christ and obeying His Words.

Lord’s Supper

The passage makes us think of the Lord’s Supper, the Breaking of Bread.  When we Break Bread, we remember Christ by eating the bread and drinking the wine which symbolizes His body and His blood. There is a close connection with the Lord’s Supper because they are both pointing to the same event, Christ’s death.

Luke 22:19-20

“And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you.””

However, it is more important for us to remain in Christ and obey His commandments(Love one another) than merely to participate in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper itself.

John 6:56

“Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.

John 15:10

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.”

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