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.”
These words of Christ have been misunderstood and changed into a false teaching about how we get the Lord Jesus into our lives.
During His teachings, Jesus used many metaphors; He called himself the door, the way, the truth, the life, the water of life, the light of the world, the good Shepherd, and the bread of life. In this metaphor of the bread the point Jesus made was the He was to be a part of the lives of those who partook of His grace. The people of Moses day ate the manna and were sustained. There was nothing mystical about eating the manna, it was food. Jesus calls himself spiritual food that we must partake. Jesus was not advocating some form of spiritual nor mystical cannibalism, which the Pharisees understood Him as saying.
After the cross we understand the broken body and the shed blood of Christ as that event which paid the price for our sin to reconcile us to God. Jesus does not need to be re-crucified and re-distributed at the whim of the church. We partake of His broken body and of His shed blood when we come to Christ for eternal salvation. He removes our sin and imputes to us His righteousness. He, through His Holy Spirit indwells us as though we had ingested Him into our very souls. Having Christ in our mouth and stomach and digested through is not the correct picture here. No, Jesus wants us to ingest Him into our entire beings, our minds, our wills, our emotions, our very soul itself. How in the world does a mystic change of the wafer and wine accomplish this?
When we partake of Christ at salvation He comes into us in a far greater way than if we just ate a part of Him. When people tell me that they need to ingest the wafer and the wine to get Christ in their lives I realize that they don’t understand eternal salvation by faith in God’s grace. I have had the ingested Christ in my entire life since as a teenager I cried out to Him as my Savior and Lord. I have never had more of Him nor have I ever had less of Him. He came into my life, my body, my being, my soul, and took over. I partook of His eternal body and His eternal blood at that time and it has never left my system. When I took Christ into my life He gave me eternal life. Every month as we partake of the Lord’s Table in remembrance of His broken body and shed blood I thank Him again and again for reaching down to save a wretch like me. He has promised to never leave those He adopts and He has never left me.
Tomorrow is a church work day. Come join us for extra cleaning, extra sprucing up, extra flower gardening and so on.
Sunday I will be bringing a message from John 20:21 and tying it to last week’s message from Isaiah 57. Our Sunday school hour will be led by a young missionary and his wife who are going to the Dominican Republic. Justin & Jeimmy Smith attend Village Baptist Church here in Aurora and are a great couple heading out to serve the Kingdom of God. You will enjoy getting to know them. During the Sunday school hour they will be speaking to the teens and the adults. Their testimony is unique as you will hear how God brought together a young lawyer from Aurora and the daughter of an orphanage director from Guatemala.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS