Hard Verses: Pilot Episode; Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood, John 6:53

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Show Notes.

 

Thanks to my son, Sam Cook, for the introduction.

 

The Problem (why is this verse considered so difficult).

 

Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Joh 6:54  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:55  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

Joh 6:56  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

 

Even the people during that time had a problem with this saying.

Joh 6:60  Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

Joh 6:61  When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

 

Joh 6:66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Joh 6:67  Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

Joh 6:68  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 

 

The Solution

 

The clue has to do with how Jesus is defining these terms.

He brought up manna in the wilderness.

God supplied their necessity of food with bread from heaven.

Jesus states that He is the bread of heaven in which you will not die.

 

Joh 6:48  I am that bread of life.

Joh 6:49  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

Joh 6:50  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

 

How does one eat of this bread?

 

Jesus tells us what the bread is.

 

Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 

               This is the crucifixion.

 

This still does not answer the question how to partake of this bread of heaven.

He explains that this must be done spiritually, notice:

 

Joh 6:61  When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

Joh 6:62  What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Joh 6:64  But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

 

He made the point that they must believe him and that He is speaking about spiritual things.  His flesh will not be found after all the suffering and anguish. 

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