John 6: 51 I am the living bread that came down from Heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” 53: Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 56: Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.
I have been trying to let go of some sin and I have been asking God how I can do this. I have the Holy Spirit so therefore I should have the power to overcome. So far he has been focusing on teaching me how to see and utilize each part of the trinity for what they have to offer. The Spirit is with me to guide me, teach me, help me find a way out and show me God’s heart. But today God has taken me into lessons about Jesus being the bread of life. As I read the verses above it became clear to me again that the only way to overcome sin is through sacrifice. And in order to sacrifice we need the Holy Spirit to help us to resist and change.
A crowd was following Jesus because he fed them bread and fish. They saw how he performed a miracle by increasing the food supply. When they came to him again they wanted more bread. So Jesus told them about the bread that will give life. He tells them that this bread is his flesh and that they have to eat it to receive life. So then I pondered on how you eat his flesh. Is it by taking a wafer once a month? NO, it is about sacrifice. God sacrificed himself on the cross in the flesh. He did this so he could be risen and send the Spirit to us in order to receive eternal life. He also shed his blood on that cross to become the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
He also mentions that whoever eats his flesh and drinks his blood will remain in him and him in them. So again, do we really think that going to take communion once a month is what he means? That is only putting wine and bread in your stomach in remembrance of what he did. But what he is speaking of is being filled Spiritually. So to be filled Spiritually we need to eat his flesh Spiritually.
He shed his blood so that we can have forgiveness for our sins if we choose to confess them. He sacrificed his body so that we can share in his sacrifice and repent, which requires us to turn from our sin by sacrifice. And he rose from the grave and overcame death so that we could receive the Holy Spirit and have the power to overcome our sin and death by confessing and repenting.
In verse 66 it says that many of Jesus’ disciples turned away and stopped following him. I have been like them. I have wanted God to just perform a miracle but he says I have to sacrifice but that he will help me through the Spirit.
How many of us choose to just turn and walk away from him because we feel that he requires to much? When we do this we have no life and we suffer anyways. So I rather suffer for a time in order to have full life eternally and while here in this world.