The Bread of Life

In John 6 Jesus invites the disciples to fully ingest him and see him for who he is, the bread of life.  Real life, life eternal.

Like we so often do, the disciples miss the point, and are looking for the correct religious practice that will provide this for them.  But Jesus informs them that it is he who will provide, and they just must believe in him (6:27-29).

Then they look for his validation, a miracle like when their ancestors provided food in the desert.  And Jesus reminds them that the manna in the desert came from God, not their forefathers (6:32).

Again, he refers to himself saying:  “the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.   This is the bread that came down from heaven…he who feeds this bread will live forever”.  (my emphasis)

Twice Jesus refers to himself as “the bread of life” (6:35, 48).  And then goes into a visceral description of eating his flesh and drinking his blood (6:53-56).  Of course he is speaking of the full intimate ingestion of his being, the incorporation, the ingestion of him into us.  He enters into us and we into him.

This is the bread of life.  The ”ingestion” of Jesus into us as a unique “food” that gets digested and incorporated into our bodies allowing us to function giving us life both physical and spiritual.

Do we get this?  Do we fully incorporate Jesus into ourselves from head to toe?  This is what the Jesus freely gives us (6:27).  We don’t work or earn this food, it is given.

Let’s fully take into our bodies, into our beings the bread of life, let’s truly be nourished and accept this free bread and live for him, for eternity.   

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