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.- Jn. 6:53 NIV
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Today’s Devotional is the second part of the Devotional with the same title where Jesus Christ introduced himself as the Bread of life, that all those who desire to hunger no more must eat and believe in. They will also have to drink his blood so as to thirst no more. The people at that occasion were disillusioned as they could not comprehend why they will need to become cannibals to give life to their body. As far as they were concerned, all he said was in reference to their body when he was actually referencing their soul, and their lack of understanding of his statement made most of them turn back.
They were unfortunately, only operating in ignorance as whatever they desired was still being made available, had they listened to what he was saying, which was simply to prioritize the kingdom of God above their desire for earthly possessions. They chose rather to turn back in an action that did not come to Jesus Christ as a surprise.
He was to make this clear when he said that only those whom the father gave to him will come to him and no one outside that Grace can actually come to him. He however promised that he will not only welcome all such people, but will also raise them up on the last day – Jn. 6:37, 44. This will be in accordance with the wish of Jehovah that all those who look unto him and believe in him should have eternal life and be raised by him on the last day, and he does not intend to fail his father in this regard – Jn. 6:38-40.
This assertion did not go down well with the Jews who decided to start referencing his humble background but he cautioned them and re-emphasized his earlier statements to them that he is the “Bread of life” that came from the father to provide eternal life for all those who come to him and believe in him – Jn. 6:45-51.
While they were still trying to digest the use of the word “Bread” to describe himself and how they will not be able to eat his flesh, Jesus Christ came out more clearly to them in the scripture that is the foundation of today’s Devotional that, they will have no assurance of life until they ate his flesh and drank his blood, both of which are the real food and drink, as it is only those who do so that he will raise on the last day – Jn. 6:54-58. They thought only about life in this realm whilst he was referring 5o life in eternity. This was the peak of it for the people as they began to disperse describing the teaching as being too hard for them to accept – Jn. 6:59-50.
Many Christians are also deserting him today because they simply find his salvation teachings very hard to accept. They will not mind him providing them with the bread, nay blessings, that nourishes their flesh, but the teaching that will help to nourish their soul is considered a very difficult one for them to operate in, in this world of sin and so will rather tilt in the direction of the world than make efforts to not just come to him, but to believe and operate in his teachings.
In the attempt to avoid living in his teachings, they console themselves with different excuses such as, “what is the assurance that there is heaven in the first place”, “what is the assurance that this earth will come to an end” and “there is no other judgement as all judgements are already being executed in this realm”. These and similar statements are only consolatory statements that have no effect on the undisputable fact that this world will indeed come to an end and all will be made to account for their stewardship with the options of spending eternity in heaven or hell as the only ones available. Only those who have eaten his flesh and drank his blood will be saved, as no righteous act of man will be found sufficient to save man from the consequences of sins, which is eternal life in hell – Isa. 64:6.
Flesh and blood is the main components of the carnal man and the bible says that any spirit that claims that the son of God did not come in flesh (and blood) is the spirit of the anti-Christ – 1Jn. 4:3. To eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus Christ is to believe and accept everything that he said and did during his life in flesh, as truth coming from Jehovah – Jn. 6:35-40. This is what majority of Christians find difficult to operate in, and yet desire to be blessed materially by him – Rom. 6:1-2. They are unwilling to operate in his commandments which the disciple John says are not burdensome but desire the benefits that can only come from compliance to them – 1Jn. 5:3.
It will be impossible to come to him and not be willing to obey his commandments, yet expect that he will raise you up on the last day and grant you life in eternity. You may indeed access the his blessings that will sustain the flesh when you come to him but you have to believe and practice what he represents for you to have the Bread that will nourish the soul into eternal life – Mk. 8:36.
Grow in your Christian life by thinking beyond the Bread that will grow your flesh and progress into knowing and feasting on the Bread that will nourish the soul. May the desire to have not just the bread that will nourish the body, but also the one that will nourish the soul remain in us all through life, so that we will not only be alive in this realm but also in the life after life in Jesus name. Amen.