I have met so many people who do not understand what they read in the bible, or understand the basics of Christianity in conversation. Jesus spoke in parables for a reason! He wasn’t looking for relationships on the surface, (fleshly relationships)! He was looking for relationships from the depths of the heart, (spiritual relationships)! His desire is to bring spiritual revelation to us, through a deep relationship with Him.
John 6:54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
Jesus had just got out of the boat, where He had gone out on the lake to get away from the crowd. The crowd looking for Him, found Him on the other side of the lake.
John 6 25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Jesus had just performed the miracle of feeding the five thousand, the people were hungry and Jesus fed their fleshly desire for food! You see every morning we wake and eat, drink, filling our fleshly body with the need for food and water. Without food and water our fleshly body would die. Jesus says to them, “you only asked where I was, because you know that I can fill your fleshly desire for food”. Jesus is desiring a spiritual relationship, not a fleshly one, let me continue!
27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.
He is talking about His body, which is food that endures to eternal life, His body He will offer up on the cross, but it is much deeper then that and I will begin breaking it down for you.
When Jesus said whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood everyone including His disciples were troubled by this! Why? Because they were trying to understand from a (fleshly understanding). Understanding on the surface of things, not the depths of their hearts with (spiritual understanding).
Remember when Jesus asked Peter who do you say that I am? Peter answered, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus said to Him only the father in heaven could reveal this to you! How does the Father reveal things? It is through His spirit, when our hearts are open seeking Him deeply. Jesus told Him He had saw Peter earlier under the tree while He was praying! Remember this, while He was praying! When we pray it is worship to God and invites His spirit.
Unless you eat my flesh! What is Jesus saying here? He is talking about the bread of life! His body, and His body represents the word of God. Unless we eat His word, chew on it, meditate on it, let it digest, let it go deep in our hearts and minds daily. Drink His blood, drink His spirit, worship Him, pray to Him, receive the spirit of God! His blood is the wine, the spirit, the water! Remember when Jesus was on the cross and the soldier stabbed Him in the side, His blood was mixed with water and the soldiers knew He was the Son of God. remember when Jesus turned the water into wine, and He said to His mother my time has not yet come! This is what He was talking about water mixed with blood the wine! water representing His spirit.
So many people miss it, lets look at a Pharisee
John 3 [Full Chapter]
[ Jesus Teaches Nicodemus ] Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” …4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus loved this man and it is obvious He had an attraction to Jesus, but we don’t know what came of this relationship except that Nicodemus was stuck on the surface of things, the flesh! He was unable to understand the spirit of things, just like the crowd. He didnt understand Jesus was talking about being born of the spirit, water, wine!!!
10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
How about the two men walking on the road after Jesus was crucified?
Luke 24 On the Road to Emmaus
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
Notice these men forgot all that Jesus told them before the cross. Now He is walking with them and they do not recognize Him. So He starts reminding them of the word of God; telling them “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Notice after the word spoken what begins to happen with these two men.They say to each other “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Their hearts were open to the scriptures (the bread) so they spiritually ate. Now they go to the house and have communion with the Lord, an act of worship, the breaking of bread which symbolizes what Christ did on the Cross. Key word worship and so they drank of the spirit, the drink where you will never thirst again, living water, the blood, the wine, the spirit, and they saw God!
You see our fleshly bodies are alive because we eat and drink food that spoils everyday, but we don’t eat and drink of what does not spoil, drink what endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. so our spirits are dead. To awake spiritually you must eat and drink of the spirit!
What about the women at the well!
John 4:7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
She is talking about regular water, Jesus is talking about the spirit of God.
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Now watch she is opening her heart from the words of God, bread, his flesh and Jesus is about to give her a drink, His spirit.
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
The women gets it! She drank His blood and ate His flesh, she then goes and tells everyone she knows she found the Messiah! This is someone spiritually now alive in Christ!
I thank you for your time and I pray you eat His flesh, (read His word daily) I pray you drink His blood ( Worship Him, praise Him, open your heart to him and seek Him deeply) He will give you a drink where you will never thirst again!!! God bless you!!