10/18/2018 – John Chapter 6
OK, so when I first read John 6: 51-55 literally:
51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” 52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them 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 them
My thoughts reflected partly the perceptions of those of some of his disciples in vs. 60 & 66:
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” …. 66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
One of the real blessings I think we often overlook is that we can hold in our hands in many forms (books, tablets, cell-phones, etc) the complete inspired Word of God.
From reading the other Gospels and the letters and teachings provided us by the Holy Spirit we realize that “eating the bread” and “drinking the blood” are not the “cannibalistic” acts inferred by some of these disciples (and later even some Roman rulers.)
Rather, it is referencing the total sacrifice that the Lord will be making for the entire — both present and future. As Coffman writes:
Christ is to the soul what food and drink are to the body. Without food and drink, the body dies; without Christ the soul dies. Any Christian who has for a lifetime studied the Holy Scriptures in their reference to Christ, and prayed to him daily, and worshiped him constantly, and who has sat down every Lord’s day for many years in a weekly assembly where tokens of his flesh and blood are actually eaten – such a person finds the flippant question of the skeptics mentioned here a lot more ridiculous than Jesus’ statement must have appeared to them