The Bread of Life
"I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." John 6:35
The teaching of the "Bread of life" is confusing at best because of the different doctrines and definitions of the scripture. To understand what Jesus was saying, one must see in the Spirit and not in the knowledge of the flesh.
Eternal life in Christ comes from faith in His death, burial and resurrection and not in the taking of communion as many of the denominations believe. We are not saved by communion, we are saved by faith and not by works as the scripture states. Jesus came to set us free from our sins and deliver us from eternal damnation. In order for one to receive this cleansing of His blood, one must believe and by faith receive the divine ability of His blood to supernaturally wash away our sins.
We as believers must look at the context of the entire scripture in John concerning the eating of His flesh and the drinking of the blood of Christ in order to fully understand what Jesus was saying.
"And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up on the last day." John 6:40
"This is the bread which comes down from Heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. John 6:50
In the natural, one has to eat in order to receive nourishment from the food he consumes and so it is in the Spirit, one has to consume God's word, meditating on the scripture to receive the revelation of it that also brings about spiritual nourishment and growth.
Jesus is the Word and to receive life from Him is to abide in Him by forming a communion (sharing) with Him, which in essence is a close relationship that bonds us together as One. Nowhere in scripture does it say that salvation comes through praying a prayer, being baptized, joining the church or even taking communion, it all has to do with relationship, a sharing of that which we have and that which He gives us.
When one becomes "Born again" he receives the Holy Spirit who illuminates our spirit and brings spiritual light into our heart connecting us directly to the Father through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, our mediator. It is like a marriage where a man and a woman make a vow to become one in a holy union, consummated by sexual intercourse (mutual involvement) and they are joined by the love they have for one another forever.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:4,5
EATING THE FLESH AND DRINKING THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
"Most assuredly, 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 eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day. "For My flesh is true food indeed, and My blood is true drink indeed. "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me and I in him." John 6:53-56
Eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ speaks of cannibalism at best, but what is it really saying since in the natural it is impossible to eat His flesh and drink His blood? In actuality it speaks of covenant between two people, a blood covenant of eternal commitment between you and the Lord Jesus Christ!
An eternal contract written in blood, shed by Jesus Christ and given to all who would partake of this spiritual symbolic covenant meal that would consummate a love relationship. In order to completely understand this covenant one must look at the entire context of all the scriptures that tie together, explaining our eternal salvation in Christ. The eating of the bread of life, the abiding in the vine and the communion or sharing of the flesh and blood all speak of an eternal covenant in which we are joined together with Jesus Christ and with one another forever!
For one to enter the covenant, one must believe and enter by faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and receive the supernatural cleansing of his sins and transgressions making him one with Christ. Many of the disciples of Jesus went back and walked with Him no more because they could not accept this covenant of commitment as many today do not walk with Him. Will you eat His flesh and drink His blood and become His forever?
"As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. "This is the bread which came down from Heaven, not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats of this bread will live forever. John 6:57,58
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin