Drawn to Christ

Once I was speaking with a woman who was raised in a nonreligious family and had never gone to church. She told about the time Billy Graham held his first crusade in her area. She was invited by some of her friends to go to hear him, and she went out of curiosity. She told me tha … More

Drawn

Christ describes what it means to be drawn to Him (vv. 45-47). This is a very strong assurance to realize that when we have come to Christ we have come because of God’s love for us, and that He has drawn us to himself! The Jews knew what Moses wrote, but they did not really believe what he wrote. It is one thing to have the Word in our heads, but quite another to have it in our hearts. Jesus refers to the manna that Moses had given to their ancestors in the wilderness. The bread was physical. They ate it and it sustained them for a day but they had to get more bread every day.

Moses’ manna was not eternal. In contrast to Moses’ manna, this true Bread will not let man die (vv. 48-51). Christ further describes this Bread. It is His flesh. He clearly refers to His vicarious death on the cross that will provide life for the world. The Jews are still thinking of eating physical food rather than spiritual food (v. 52).Christ complicates the situation further by adding except ye ... drink his blood (vv. 53-55) The Jews were forbidden to drink blood (Lev 7:26-27) and this additional statement must have added insult to injury. However, the Jews misunderstood. Leviticus 17:11 clearly states that life is in the blood. Accepting the sacrifice of the body and blood of Christ is the basis for eternal life. As food and drink are offered to meet physical needs, so the flesh (meat) and blood of Christ are offered to meet spiritual needs.

Application

I want to learn how to share my work, my family life, and my personal life with Jesus, in dependence upon His wisdom, His grace, His forgiveness, to draw me constantly into connection with Him.

John 6:45-55 (English Standard Version)

"It is written in the Prophets, 'And they will all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me-- not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink."

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