Dec 14, 2011

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I Tell You The Truth | John 6:53

I Tell You The Truth | John 6:53

When reading the bible I noticed Jesus said the phrase “I tell you the truth . . .” numerous times during His ministry.  I don’t know about you, but when I hear the son of God say, “I tell you the truth . . .”,  I figure it is a good time to listen and try to understand what He is referring to.  Today I will analyzing John 6:53.

53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.  56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.  57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.  58 This is the bread that came down from heaven.  Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”

Many people deserted Jesus after He had spoken these words.  Many of them did not comprehend what He was saying to them, and to be honest, if I was standing there listening some rabbi telling me the only way to eternal life was to eat his flesh and drink his blood I might have walked a way as well.  Luckily hindsight is 20/20.  Jesus was not literally saying that we need to eat his flesh and drink his blood but instead accept Him into our lives and become united with Him.  We are united with Christ in two ways.  First by believing in His death and resurrection and by devoting ourselves to living as He requires, depending on His teaching for guidance, and trusting in the Holy Spirit.  Another thing I found interesting was in the next few verses following the above verses.  Verse 64-67 says “For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.  65 He went on to say, This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him. 66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.  67 You do not want to leave too, do you?  Jesus asked the Twelve.

Where are these kind of teachings on Sundays?  There is no middle ground with Jesus.  When he asked the disciples if they would also he was showing that they could either accept or reject him.  Jesus was not trying to repel people with his teachings, he was simply telling the TRUTH.

  1. Two thoughts come to mind here. First of all, verse 65 really hits home with me. He speaks of this idea in verse 37 as well. So, when I read these, I ask myself – “Why me?” Why have I been given the opportunity to know Jesus? What purpose could there be for this? Why have I neglected this so often in my life? It seems that not everyone was given this opportunity. Like the Pharoah of Egypt for example. God hardened his heart on numerous occasions. Why wasn’t my heart hardened? The bible states that we are all called to a purpose and if we fail to fulfill it, then the whole body will suffer. So what are we doing about it?
    Secondly, I think these scriptures are interesting as it seems clear that Jesus was working to weed out the faint-hearted by giving them a difficult teaching. He saw that not everyone was in it for Him. They were simply in it for what He could do for them. He knew that he would only be around for short period of time and wanted to focus on those that would be in it for Him in order that the world could be changed through them.
    So what is the purpose we have been created for? Seems like an important questions we all need to seek God’s answer to. After all, we have been given the most incredible opportunity known to man. To know the Lord Jesus. I pray that I will be shown how to Know Him as He wants to be known. And I believe that the Holy Spirit will show me exactly that. Amen.

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