Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our series on the difficult sayings of Jesus with a discussion of what Jesus means when He says we must eat His flesh and drink His blood. Our text was John 6:35-69.

1) What does Jesus mean when He calls Himself the Bead of Life?

Sam noted that just before Jesus made this statement He had fed the 5,000. For the Jews this miracle brought to mind when God gave them mana in the wilderness. Jesus is telling the people that He is the bread that has come down from heaven.

2) What does it mean to eat Jesus flesh and drink His blood?

Aubie said that Jesus wants us to identify with Him completely. When we do as Jesus commands and ‘eat His flesh’ we are acknowledging that He is the most significant thing in our lives.

Bod added that eating the bread is an act of faith. We can’t completely understand what Jesus means but we know that eating the bread is important to Him. Therefore it should be important to us. As Peter said “where else will we go for who else has the words of eternal life.”

When Jesus talks about eating His flesh and drinking His blood He is referencing communion.

3) What does communion mean to you?

Jed said that when he takes communion he remembers Jesus sacrifice on the cross and what that sacrifice means.

Protestants see communion as an act remembrance. Catholics believe that the elements, once blessed, become the actual blood and flesh of Christ.

I believe that there is truth in both traditions. When I take communion something significant happens. I meet God in a special and significant way. I’ve shared with you that over the past year I have learned to be more obedient to God. As I obey His commands as to money, service and the sacraments ┬ámy faith trust in Him grows.

We won’t meet this coming Tuesday. The following Tuesday we will discuss Luke 22: 1-14. Consider the following questions:

1) What is the meaning go this parable?

2) Why are the wedding clothes so important?

See you in two weeks.

John

 

 

One response to “Tuesday Morning Recap”

  1. Jack Miles says:

    When I was a boy my mother read Gone With the Wind in one day. That was a lot of reading and not much housewifing I imagine. I remember her saying that she was devouring the book and couldn’t wait to get to the end of the story.
    Now to communion and eating Christ’s body broken for us. As a protestant, I see communion as a mysterious blessing and a charge for me to remember what Christ did for all mankind. The disturbing word eating is not so difficult if I only believe that I am to remember what he did for me. However, my mother’s word devouring seems to be a great help to me to determine why I should be ever responsive to Christ’s last supper command.
    Indeed, if I will devour (perhaps consume; even eat) the bread being excited to get to the end of the story, I hope I will enjoy the journey all the more. Not only that, I will also be so enthralled with the story that I will follow Christ’s main command to love God will all my heart, strenght, heart and soul and my neighbor as myself.
    So it is not so frightening to think of eating Christ’s body in the sense of devouring or consuming Christ’s desire for my life.