In Part two of spiritual diet we closed with two application questions: Have you made a personal life decision choice: accepting or rejecting the Gospel? What is holding you back and/or keeping you on the fence?
Hellen Keller was deaf and blind all at once from early childhood quotes “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched–they must be felt with the heart.” Perhaps your familiarity with Jesus ever kept you from seeing who he really is… What can you change in your life to really see who Jesus really is?
So we ended part two with Jesus sharing about His Father’s will for those who seek the Son (Jesus) and believes, (faith and trust in Christ) shall have eternal life (v.40, 1 Thessalonians 4:16). The crowd (the Jews) began to grumble, mutter among themselves, questioning about was Jesus really the Son of God (v.41-42). Still many today struggle and question this very same point (referring to the divinity, Christ’s divinity); during Biblical times some folks saw Jesus as a man, and a carpenter. Some folks saw Jesus as Son of God, teacher and healer. We all at one point have looked at a book cover without opening and/or reading only to make a judgement, a label resulting in decision solely based on the “looks” of that cover.
Let us briefly pause from John chapter six and define divinity: (1) “the quality of being divine.” (2) “deity; godhood.” (3) a divine being; God.” (4) a begin having divine attributes, ranking below God but above humans.” (Dictionary.com). Many of Jesus’ followers and/or acquaintance referred Him as divine because they were a witness to several events, for example; healing a man with leprosy (Matthew 8:1-4), healing a boy with a demon (Mark 9:14-29) power over nature by walking on water (Mark 6:45-51) and raising the dead, a widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17). Christ divinity is the union of human and divine nature of Jesus coexisting within one; at the same time. Therefore Christ was fully human and fully divine (Philippians 2:6-7, Colossians 1:19, 2:9, John 1:1-2, 14, 10:30).
Jesus tells them to stop arguing and mentions to them about the Messianic Kingdom, (the Old Testament view of) where people were taught by God Himself (Isaiah 54:13); Jesus points out about those who heard from the Father and learned are to go to him. Jesus emphasizes “believes” urging them (and us) that we need to keep on believing, trusting in Jesus and learn from His teachings (from the Bible); it’s not just a one time thing, but on going (applying what we have learned; not what we just heard) in our daily life (v.43-47).
Jesus states “I am the bread” which is better than the manna (which didn’t last forever) that the ancestors ate daily to live; Jesus (the bread) comes from heaven (from the Father) to earth taking on human form; who voluntarily gave His life for the world (1 Peter 1:18-19) (for you and me) to live forever (eternal life) to those who eat (by accepting Jesus’ invitation) of the bread daily (v.48-51).
The Jews at this point ask a really good question “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” (v.52); perhaps you were thinking the same thing, to eat flesh and drink blood sound quite shocking; like cannibalistic. Jesus’ statement “unless you eat and drink you have no life.” To those that do eat and drink His flesh and blood will have eternal life; it begins with Jesus’ invitation to get to know Him (John 14:6-7, 1 Peter 2:24) . By getting to know Jesus, we also get to know the Father who is the source of, “true bread”, spiritual substance and eternal life (v.51-59). But all of this happens if and only if we first believe in Him, by exercise our faith each day which is an on going work out, by taking what we have read from the Bible and applying it to our life (John 15:4-7).
- If someone asked, “How do you hunger and thirst after God,” how would you answer them?
- Has you familiarity with Jesus ever kept you from seeing who he really is? What can remove the blinders?
Isaiah 54: 13 Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 6:45-51; 9:14-29, Luke 7:11-17, John 1:1-2, 14; 15:4-7, 10:30, Philippians 2:6-7, Colossians 1:19; 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 1 Peter 1:18-19