Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
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.'a]'> 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. 51I 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?"
53Jesus 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. 55For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56Whoever 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.
People can get caught up in the silliest things. Jesus says he is the bread of life, so the people start to ask, "isn't he a man-just like us? How can we eat him?" The Gospel of John does not have an account of the last supper before Jesus is crucified. Yet in vs. 51-58, we can see those teachings. Jesus is the spiritual bread and wine for us. His body was broken so we can accept his life and we will be with him-FOREVER!
My challenge today, look at the world knowing that Jesus came and died for you. Observe how easy it is to live knowing that you are saved spiritually.
1. Did the people really think they had to physically eat Jesus?
2. Can we, two thousand years later, see what Jesus meant?
3. Can we live it?
Prayer- Lord, let us receive the gifts that you give us, especially the Gift of Christ. Help us live our lives spiritually awake, so we can awaken others. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.