“… I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.
This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51
This post is quite overdue as this concludes the “Living the Blessed Life” series I posted consecutively weeks ago.
I did have a long reflection on how to present this hard teaching of Jesus, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you” (John 6:53) and how are we able to achieve this?
I read theological writings and sermons about how Christians are able to eat “the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood” and discover one outstanding view. They posit that the Lord Supper (or Eucharist) is the venue where Christians partake of Jesus’ ‘flesh and blood’.
Under this are two conflicting views, which are:
Transubstantiation of the bread and cup during the Lord Supper celebration, which according to Catholic doctrine, the bread and the wine used in the sacrament of the Eucharist become, not merely as by a sign or a figure, but also in reality the body and blood of Christ.
The Lord Supper elements, the bread and the cup, are symbols and reminders, which consequence and significance are manifested in following and living for Jesus.
As my goal in presenting this Bible study series is to make us understand how to live the blessed life, may I avoid giving deeper theological presentation on the issue at hand.
Nevertheless, let me share a couple of thoughts:
- If indeed we could achieve “eating Jesus’ flesh and blood” through the Lord Supper (transubstantiation-ally or symbolically), why is it that many who partake regularly of the bread and the cup aren’t achieving living the blessed life?
- Because ‘flesh and blood’ means life, is participating regularly (or as often as possible) in the Lord Supper enough to be living the blessed life?
Going back to our question “How are we able to eat Jesus’ ‘flesh and blood’ to live the blessed life?”
Here are my practical answers:
- Commit to follow and obey Jesus Christ in the spirit of Peter’s commitment to Jesus in John 6:68-69 “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
- Have all aspects of your life be used fully for the glory and honor of God.
What other practical ways you are doing to partake of the life of Jesus Christ?
Please feel free to add them using the comment form at the bottom of this post. Thank you.