Eat the Flesh? Drink the Blood? Living Water?

Jesus-blood-fleshJohn 6:46-58 New King James Version (NKJV)

46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me[a] has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”

53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to 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 him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

jesus-desert1The allegorical nature of this is astounding.  This was, in-fact, one of the references by Jesus equating Himself to God.  Consider this statement while He was in the desert being tempted by Satan, But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”” (Luke 4:4; Matthew 4:4)  It is clear that Jesus, or shall I say His words and His actions, is the bread of life, or the manna of life.  And what of the blood?  Recall the discussion between Jesus and the Samaritan woman?  Where Jesus said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have Jesus-and-the-Woman-at-the-Wellgiven you living water.” (John 4:10)  By this living water is meant the Spirit, who is not like the water in the bottom of the well, for some of which he asked, but like living or running water, which was much more valuable. The Spirit of grace is as living water. (see John 7:38-39) [Matthew Henry’s Commentary on John 4:10]

We are to live on the word of God as depicted within the confines of the bible.  God’s word, Jesus’ words and actions are the very nature of how we are to live our lives…in a manner of Love!  While we are to love everyone, not carnally but with our hearts, we are to accept them as lost children of the Christ.  We are to love the sinner, but hate the sin!  Just as with Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, she mentioned the the differences between worship of the Jews and the Samaritans; but Jesus ignored the sinner3objection and move onward with their discussion.  This is how we are to approach those we disagree with and those who have disagreements with us!  We are reminded, “As it is written:There is none righteous, no, not one…”” (Romans 3:10)  Hence we are all sinners in God’s eyes, but we have a relationship with God and Christ.  Those we come in contact with, more likely than not, have no relationship with either – let alone know of them.  It is our charge, our task, to bring to them the love of Christ.

It is my hope that this was a helpful tid-bit of information and that you can use it as suggested, by applying it in your life and touch the lives of others!  That is my prayer and hope!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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