For nearly a year, Laddie Marshack, picture editor of TV Guide, has had a running correspondence with the gas company. One month she would get a note informing her she had underpaid her bill; the next that she had overpaid. Finally, the whole thing was cleared up. Laddie received … More
This was a very shocking message; to eat flesh and drink blood. The idea of drinking blood, let alone human blood, was disgusting to the religious leaders (v. 56). The Jews had been taught that they cannot eat any meat that has not had all the blood drained from it (Lev. 17:10). Some interpreters say that Jesus was speaking about the Lord’s supper. However, I do not believe that He had communion in mind. Why would he discuss the Lord’s supper with a group of disagreeable unbelievers?
They are thinking in the physical realm and Jesus is speaking to them in the spiritual (vv. 56-58). One who partakes of Christ enjoys a mutual abiding relationship with Christ. He remains in Christ, and Christ remains in him. The Father “remains” in the Son (14:10), the Spirit “remains” on Jesus (1:32), and believers “remain” in Jesus and He in them (v. 56). The implications of this “remaining” are many. A believer enjoys intimacy with and security in Jesus. Just as He has His life from the Father, so believers have life because of Jesus.
Jesus gave this discourse on the Bread of Life in the synagogue in Capernaum (v. 59). He often spoke in Jewish synagogues, where men had opportunities to give expositions and exhortations (Mark 6:1-6; Luke 4:16-28; Acts 13:15-42). The services were not as formal as those of traditional American churches; “laymen” usually spoke. The conclusion to Jesus’ exposition and exhortation, based on the manna incident from Exodus 16, repeats the major themes: Moses’ bread did not give lasting life (salvation does not come by the Law); God has given the genuine life-giving Bread from heaven; those who trust Jesus have eternal life.
I need to take the Lord at His Word and not be confused by what I think or others say.
"Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever." Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.
View this passage in NIV (Bible Gateway) »
John 3:1-12How to be Born Again
John 3:13-24What does it mean to believe?
John 3:22-30Confusion About The New Birth
John 3:25-36John’s Final Eulogy
John 4:1-15Jesus Meets the Samaritan Women
John 4:16-30It is not Where You Worship But How
John 4:31-42The Harvest is Ready
John 4:43-54Jesus Heals the Nobleman’s Son
John 5:1-15Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda
John 5:16-23Jesus Claims to be God
John 5:24-29Four Types of Resurrections
John 5:30-38Jesus’ Witnesses of his Diety
John 5:39-47Blindness to the Truth of the Scriptures
John 6:1-14Philip Fails the Exam
John 6:15-27Jesus Calms Their Fears
John 6:30-40What’s Your Motive for Following Jesus
John 6:36-44The Reaction of The Jews
John 6:45-55Drawn to Christ
John 6:56-59Confusion of The Body And Blood of Christ
John 6:60-71Rejection by Many Followers
John 7:1-14The Advice of Jesus’ Brothers
John 7:15-24Judge Rightly
John 7:25-29Jesus Origin
John 7:30-36Blinded to The Truth
John 7:37-53Divided Opinions About Jesus
John 8:1-7Pharisees Condemn The Adulterous Woman
John 8:8-11Jesus Forgives The Adulterous Women
John 8:12-20Jesus is The Light of The World
John 8:21-30Jesus Predicts His Death
John 8:31-38The Truth Will Set You Free
John 8:39-47You Are of Your Father The Devil
John 8:48-59Jesus’ Claims To His Identity
John 9:1-12Contentment in Any Circumstance
John 9:13-23Trouble with the Jewish Leaders
John 9:24-34The Testimony of the Healed Man
John 9:35-41The Pharisees Blindless