"I am the bread of life" Are you willing?  

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Before I get to the main point of my post I wanted to point out something kinda ironic in John chapter 6 (which my post is on...). After the feast of the 5000, Christ goes to Capernaum and the Jews follow Him there. He speaks here of Him being the bread of life, and He tells them that if they wish to follow Him they must eat of this bread. It is kinda ironic because verse 66 of chapter 6 (666 :-p) says "As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore." I know that verse numbers are not specifically inspired but it's funny that 6:66 talks about how many people stop following Christ.

Anyway to the main body of the post. Is this discourse Christ speaks of Himself being "the bread of life" (Jh 6:48B). In the following verses He speaks of us having to eat His flesh and drink His blood to receive eternal life.

48 "I am the bread of life.
49 "Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50 "This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
51"I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh."
52 Then the Jews {began} to argue with one another, saying, "How can this man give us {His} flesh to eat?”
53 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 yourselves.
54"He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
55 "For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.
56"He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”
57"As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.
58"This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever

Are you willing to do this?

Now He does not really mean eat His physical flesh, certainly now we do not have that ability, and the Bible prohibits cannibalism. What it means is having Him as our very life, the thing which sustains us. You must eat and drink to live, it's fact, food and drink keeps us going, it gives life. If you don't believe me try going with out for a day or two, not gonna go well... So in much the same way if we desire to have eternal life we must partake of Christ. He must be our food, our center, what we strive for everyday, we must always be seeking to give Him glory. Scripture speaks everywhere about Christ/God as our center, do we seek to glorify Him in everything we do, even in eating and drinking? That is what it means to eat of His flesh and drink of His blood.

So I ask again, are you willing?

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