Food and water are essential for our bodies to sustain life. A person cannot live for very long without receiving bodily nourishment.
Jesus often used parables to explain spiritual matters to the people of his time. He used an example of bodily nurture to explain his purpose here upon this earth. The parables of Jesus, as with many other matters which are related in the Bible, can be better understood when they are explained by someone who themselves have received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
It may seem somewhat difficult to understand what Jesus meant when he said, "I am the bread of life." (John 6:48). Perhaps even more difficult to understand are his words: "He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him." (John 6:56). Many people misunderstand this, thinking Jesus referred to holy communion. Spiritual matters are understood only through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. A person who does not possess the Holy Spirit is as Jesus said, when he spoke to the scribes and Pharisees (of his time), "they be blind leaders of the blind." (Matthew 15:14). The Apostle Peter also wrote: "But he that lacketh these is blind." (II Peter 1:9).
What then, did Jesus mean by eating and drinking of his flesh? Spiritually it is understood that Jesus was referring to the sacrifice which He gave on Good Friday on the middle cross of Golgatha. The flesh and blood of the Lord Jesus are in this sacrifice. The Apostle Peter has written: "Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, such as silver and gold, from your vain conversation - but with the precious blood of Christ." (I Peter 1:18-19). Jesus offers His flesh and blood to be eaten in 'faith'.
We are also reminded of Jesus answer to the devil, when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness to command the stones to be made bread. Jesus answer to the devil was, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:1-4). Therefore, when Jesus said, "I am the bread of life," he was referring to the gospel of His kingdom. Partaking of the true food and drink is the hearing of the Word of God and believing it. The core of the gospel is in the preaching of the forgiveness of sins in his name and blood.
This table of food which is lowered from heaven is spread every day. The bread of life unites one who partakes of it to the body of Christ, to His congregation. Jesus has said: "He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood dwelleth in me, and I in him." John says of the same matter: "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin." (I John 1:7).
Jesus set the people before an unconditional choice. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except he eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you." The word of God heals or it offends. "He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:11-12). God's children, yet today, who authorized by Jesus, offer the bread of life and the water of life to penitent sinners.
Dear friend, you who are seeking for peace of soul and conscience, the gospel of God's kingdom is yet offered even to you. The proclamation of the forgiveness of sins in Jesus name and blood is freely preached by the children of God. He that seeks shall find, as Jesus said, "And I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find ...." Also, Jesus spoke in his sermon the mount, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness ...." Matthew 6:33.
"Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6)
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