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Feeding Ourselves

14 Apr

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

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. (John 6:53)

A rather disgusting notion? It shouldn’t be. No, obviously this isn’t saying, at all, in any way, manner, or form, that a Christian should turn cannibal. However, John does tell us that Jesus is God’s word (see: John 1:14-17). Not only that, but every Christian has a “inner-man”, so to speak, who requires feeding. Jesus isn’t talking about us physically eating His flesh and drinking His blood, He’s talking about Spiritually “eating” the word of God. Think of reading the Bible as feeding your inner-self. Yet, this brings up an interesting question when we read the next verse in the passage:

Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. (John 6:54)

So then, if we understand eating and drinking of Jesus to mean reading the Bible, does that mean our salvation comes through the Bible? Well obviously no, it doesn’t; we’re saved by Christ’s death and Resurrection, not be merely reading the Bible. However, look at it this way:

To read the Bible is the same as preparing the food. Think of it as the cooking process, and getting ready to eat. However, staring at food doesn’t do anyone a bit of a good, and someone who stares at their food without eating any is going to die just as fast as the one with no food. So then, we can look at actually eating as looking at the passage, and gleaning something from it; looking at the passage, and actually benefiting from it. Not only that, but in a way, Christ tells us how to interpret every passage: in a manner by which someone may be saved. Meaning, simply, that we are meant to feed ourselves on the Gospel.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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