I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread 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, “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. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”
Food For Thought:
This passage is a difficult read for those of us who haven’t studied Scripture in death. What is Jesus saying in this passage? He isn’t saying to literally eat his flesh and drink his blood is he? No he isn’t. What he is trying to communicate to his listeners is that at the heart of the Christian message is this notion of sacrifice. We must be willing to sacrifice our needs for the needs of others. We must be willing to give up on our own desires to live a life worthy of the one that God has called us to. This is the cost of discipleship. Think about the sacrifices that you have made for others. How did it feel to make those sacrifices? What other sacrifices do you need to make in the near future? What is holding you back?
O God, our teacher and guide,
you draw us to yourself
and welcome us a beloved children.
Help us to lay aside our envy and selfish ambition,
that we may walk in your ways of wisdom and understanding
as servant of your peace. Amen.
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