Food For The Spirit

Because Jesus said that he was the bread from heaven, some people started grumbling about him (90): “This man is Joseph’s son, isn’t he? We know his father & mother. How can he claim to be the bread from heaven?”

“Please, stop your grumbling, and try to get this,” Jesus said. “No one can come to me unless God has willed it.  On the last day, I will restore physical life to all people who really do come to me.

“You know that the prophets wrote, ‘Everyone will be taught by God.’ Anyone who is really taught by God comes to me.  (I’m not implying that any of you have actually seen God face-to-face, when you’ve been taught by God.  I’m the only one who has actually seen God face-to-face.)

“The main point is this: If you will believe in me, God will give you new life – life that will continue in heaven forever, even after your physical death.

“I tell you again, I am the bread of life; I am the real bread from heaven.

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“Sure, your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died! Now, anyone who eats the real bread from heaven will never die. This bread of life is me. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever!

“Listen, the bread that I offer is my flesh, which I freely give so that people may experience real life.” In response, some of the people asked angrily. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

Jesus didn’t back down one inch: “If you don’t eat my flesh & drink my blood — if you don’t find your continuing spiritual nourishment in me — you can never experience real life. But anyone who does eat my flesh & drink my blood will actually experience new life, real life that will continue in heaven forever — even after physical death, and even to the extent that I will restore physical life to him on the last day.

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“My flesh is the real food; my blood is the real drink. When you eat my flesh & drink my blood, you live in me & I live in you.  The point is for us to share one life.

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“The living God sent me; my life is in him. In the same way, whoever is nourished by me will have life in me.

“The real bread from heaven is not like the bread that your ancestors ate; that bread did not keep them from dying. Anyone who eats the real bread from heaven will live forever!”

 

(90) John 6:41-59