Our Daily Bread

“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.” (John 6:54-55)

When I first read these verses many moons ago I found it hard to take in. It was not only I who was missing the meaning of Jesus’ words as those who were attending at the synagogue in Capernaum that day also did not have a good grasp upon what He was teaching. As they who were listening to Him asked amongst themselves, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” (John 6:52) We miss so much because we live in the carnal state of our existence in this world and not in the spiritual state of the world to come. We find ourselves living in our physical state and relate all that we see and hear in that physical realm that we absorb through the senses. It is only natural that this is the way that we would maneuver through this world, as it is to us a physical place. For me, as with the many, my first acceptance is in the physical sense for this is the only world that I have ever lived in and have completely related to.

So it was for the many that were in the synagogue that day as well as many of Jesus’ disciples. They could not see the true meaning of His teaching that they must eat His flesh and drink His blood to have eternal life. They could not phantom how they could accomplish such a thing and to some I am sure the thought was offensive. Many of His disciples departed from Him and went their own way. “As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.” (John 6:66)

They saw Jesus as a great teacher of the Scriptures and one who spoke with authority. They were amazed by the signs and wonders that He was performing in their midst. As Nicodemus, a Pharisee testified, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” (John 3:2) But they never really accepted Him for who He truly was, the Son of God, the Messiah who had come down from heaven to save His people. This is the trouble that many people of today have as well, they do not recognize Jesus for who He is. Therefore, they had no belief that Jesus was “the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” (John 6:51) They never recognized Jesus as the Son of God but that of Joseph and Mary. “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?” (John 642)

Jesus is the Son of God who came down from heaven that through Him men might find life and not perish. He is the spiritual food that our eternal spirts must have to sustain life eternally. In the wilderness the Israelites grumbled because there was no food. It was the word of God spoken to Moses that sent them their daily supply all the days that they were in the wilderness. “He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 8:3) Just as it is the Word of God that sustains us while we remain in the wilderness of this world.

The Israelites did not build storehouses for their daily bread as the Lord is faithful and true and provided them their food daily with a double portion on Friday for the Sabbath. That is why we today pray “Give us this day our daily bread.” Walking with Jesus is a daily walk, it is a walk in which we remain humble to our dependence upon our Lord. It is the Word of God that comes to us each day to sustain our spirit and it is by the Word of that we are also sustained physically in this world. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.” (Exodus 16:4)

The Children of Israel had another problem in the wilderness, they did not have enough water to drink. Again they grumbled and the Word of God brought water from the rock. “Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.” (Exodus 17:6) This was the test that if the Children of God would trust and obey the instruction of God He would sustain them through the wilderness to the Promised Land.

Jesus is the Word of God,(John 1:1) He is the mana that has come down from Heaven that will sustain us for eternity in the House of the Lord. Jesus is the living water that springs up within us to eternal life. “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:14) He is the spiritual drink that man must have to live and it comes from the rock which is Christ. “And all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:4)

Eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus means to partake of who He is. He is God in the flesh who came down from His throne in heaven to seek and save that which was lost. Those who are lost and bound in the chains of sin and carry the burden of guilt and have no earthly way to pay the debt of their sin but by their own death. (Romans 6:23) Jesus who sacrificed His life to pay the debt of the sin of the world that none should perish if they would but trust in Him as their personal sacrifice for their sinful behavior. “For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.” (Hebrews 7:26-27)

By faith we partake of Jesus and receive the benefits that are far more rewarding that any this world has to offer. Through Jesus’ work on the cross we have been redeemed and purchased for God that we may return to a right relationship with Him our Creator. We are accepted by God through the forgiveness of our sin and the pardon we have received through our Christ. We can now approach the Throne of God’s grace through our Savior who has reconciled us to Him. “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18) We are children of the New Covenant and will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

This is the flesh and blood of Jesus that we are to feed upon because we have been purchased by the breaking of His body and the shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary. The love displayed by the crucifixion of Jesus and the redemption that the world can receive because of His sacrifice is the message that we have to share to all men who have ears to hear. This we must never fail to remember each day, the message and the mission of God’s Word. We are told to remember what God has done for us. The word “remember is used 138 times in the Bible and the importance is found in our meditation of what God has done for mankind.

Our meditations on the work of Jesus on the cross gives daily life to our repentance from the worldly way unto Him who is the way. Our meditation on the love that He first had for us that while we were living in sin He died for us that we may be free. Therefore our gratitude blossoms for our gratitude. We live by the Word of God that springs forth to a well of eternal life as the Apostle Peter testified, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.” (John 6:68) He is our rise Lord and because He lives we live also.

I invite you to join with me this hour as we trust and obey the Words of our Lord and “do this in remembrance of Him. “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19) “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.” (Luke 22:20)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, October 7, 2015

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