2/8/2009 ~ I Am the Bread of Life
... "How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?" ~ John 6:51-52
... "This is a hard saying; who can understand it?" ~ John 6:53-60
"But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. ..." ~ Genesis 9:4-6
... 'You shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood.
...' ~ Leviticus 17:14
... abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled,
and from sexual immorality. ... ~ Acts 15:29
These were foreign concepts to be fathomed.
It was deeper than the physical, ~ a spiritual union; calling to come.
... "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said,
"How can I, unless someone guides me?" ... ~ Acts 8:30-31
It was hard to understand.
... He said to them, "Does this offend you?" ~ John 6:61
Will you depart from Me because it is hard?
"... It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. ..." ~ John 6:62-64
Understanding from God has been given for all to receive.
"... seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." ~ Luke 11:9
... having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have
your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. ~ Romans 6:17-22
One must get past the comfortable self.
... For they had not understood about the loaves,
because their heart was hardened. ~ Mark 6:45-52
How do you explain creation?
God asks us to trust in Him beyond understanding.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and
that are on the earth, visible and invisible, ... ~ Colossians 1:16-17
How can one explain God?
~ Believe Jesus is from God in the flesh.
They had a hard time separating the spiritual from the physical.
... "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful
of the things of God, but the things of men." ~ Matthew 16:23
One needs to understand beyond the mere mortal.
... "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." ~ John 6:53
Look to the spiritual meaning.
~ Take of Me.
... while they watched, He was taken up, and
a cloud received Him out of their sight. ... ~ Acts 1:9-11
Jesus ascended and was never physically eaten
or was His physical blood ever drank.
"... Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures
to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, ..." ~ John 6:22-27
Food that does not perish comes from above.
... "This is the work of God,
that you believe in Him whom He sent." ~ John 6:28-29
~ To believe in Jesus who God sent forth.
Believing involves working in a search for humble understanding.
... "The Lord knows those who are His," and "Let everyone who names
the name of Christ depart from iniquity." ~ 2nd Timothy 2:19
Genesis – Isaiah – Revelation
└─> Search for God.
... "What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What
work will You do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; ..." ~ John 6:30-31
He got their attention by feeding them food.
"... For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world." ... ~ John 6:32-35
God will satisfy.
... For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will,
but the will of Him who sent Me. ... ~ John 6:36-40
Eternal food from heaven is Christ.
"... in the prophets, And they shall all be taught by God. Therefore everyone
who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me." ~ John 6:41-45
Hear, Learn, Grow.
... opened the doors of heaven, Had rained down manna on them to eat,
And given them of the bread of heaven. ~ Psalm 78:13-24
"... he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your
fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead." ~ John 6:46-49
Jesus is eternal life unveiled.
The physical perish, - long for more.
"... and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give
for the life of the world." ~ John 6:50-54
""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." ~ John 6:58
We do not have life without His life now.
... The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." ... ~ Psalm 14:1-2
... whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" ...
~ John 11:25-26
Do you strive to understand?
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