Archive for Monday, January 11, 2010


John 6:52-58
Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 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. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 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. 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.”

If I were among the hearers of what Jesus said on that day in Capernaum, I would’ve been very confused. When Jesus spoke of us eating his flesh and drinking his blood to have eternal life, it must have sounded so terrible to those around him. He also spoke of his death and resurrection but in the context of tearing down the Church and rebuilding it back in 3 days and that was mysterious but post his death and resurrection, everything made sense but yet only to those whom God had chosen to reveal himself to. What did Jesus mean by us eating his flesh and drinking his blood? What significance does it have in terms of eternity?

To understand this, we need to understand what Jesus came to do among us. God the father sent his son Jesus to life a perfect and blameless life and die an unjustified death to permit us to have access to him. This access was denied because we are found unclean before a holy and righteous God. Through Jesus’s death, we have the perfect sacrifice for our sins which can otherwise never be washed away. When we accept Jesus into our lives, our sins are washed clean by his blood and we are a new creation. The blood signifies the sacrifice Jesus made to clean us inside out and the body signifies the body of Christ that we are now a part of. Without accepting Jesus as our Lord and savior and admitting our brokenness to him, we will never have peace and the assurance of eternity. Are you part of the body of Christ and are you proud to say that you are a hopeless sinner saved by God’s grace alone? I am!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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