Meditations on Various Scriptures 5

John 6:53 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.” 59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum. 60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? 62 “What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? 63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 64 “But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. 65 And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” 66 As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” 68 Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. 69 “We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”

Without taking the time to look closely at this passage, there are many wonderful and even glorious teachings in it. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of Man, which coming from Daniel chapter 7 we see that His times are from eternity and all things would be given to Him. The Lord Jesus came down from heaven, so we can see His Divinity as His body was born on the earth of a real and very human woman. The body of Christ was in fact the very tabernacle of God on earth (John 1:14) and we can see the glory of His grace and truth as we behold Christ. This very body which was the very tabernacle of God is also the sacrifice that is the Lamb of God.

This passage of Scripture seems to be the basis for how people interpret the Lord’s Supper, but perhaps it should not be. The Supper is not mentioned in this at all. Jesus speaks of Himself as bread coming down from heaven and giving eternal life to others. The physical flesh cannot give life in and of itself, but instead Jesus said that the living Father sent Him and that He lived because of the Father, so only those who have Christ will live. It is this life that we must have and indeed Jesus gave up His flesh and blood in the place of sinners, but it was the unity of the human body with the Divine Person that gave it an infinite value. We cannot eat and drink the infinite second Person of the Trinity, but instead we feast upon His glory as it is displayed at the cross in the human body and sufferings of Christ.

As the tabernacle of God was on the cross, the glory of God broke forth and shone with great power to all those who behold the glory of God in the face of Christ. This beauty and majesty is not seen and tasted with the physical senses, but instead it is seen and tasted by faith. It is faith, according to Hebrews 11:1, that is the conviction of things not seen (with the physical eyes). It is, then, those with true faith and spiritual eyes who see the glory of God in the sacrifice and sufferings of Christ and then the resurrection, ascension, and the Mediatorship of Christ. It is not a physical eating and drinking that does this, but instead as Jesus said “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” The words about eating His flesh and drinking His blood were spirit and they were life. It was not eating His physical flesh that gave life, but instead it was His words that were spirit and life that give life. When asked if he wanted to leave to, Peter shows that he understood this. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”

It is Christ Himself who is life and it is Christ Himself that we must have. We must not be content to drink from a cup and eat a wafer, we must have the living Son of God unite Himself to our souls and we must feed upon Him and His glory. It is Christ in all He is that we should desire and want. It is Christ as the Divine-man, the glory man, the sacrificial man that we must behold and feed our souls upon His glory and truth. In that is life and nothing else.

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