Food Indeed & Drink Indeed
Introduction: a man must receive and partake of the Bread of Life.
When he does, he receives five wonderful things.
The Confusion Of The Jews (v.52-53).
/a) /The Jews therefore /quarreled/ among themselves (v.52).
The Word “Quarreled”, Or “Strove” Means: /To fight as in war or battle; to strive, to contend physically in a private quarrel.
/(Acts 7:26; Ex. 21:22; 2 Sam.
14:6)… also /to strive or dispute with words /(John 6:52; 2 Tim.
2:24; James 4:2).
To argue, fuss, debate.
They were debating what Jesus meant when He said in (v.51).
1) /Jesus Said “He Did Not Come To Bring Peace On Earth But A Sword” //(Matt.10:34-36)./
(a) A sword divides and severs.
As far as many /human relationships/ are concerned, He did not come to bring peace on the earth, ... but a sword.
(b) As a result of His coming to earth, some children would be set against parents and a man’s enemies might be those within his own household:
I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled… Do /you/ suppose that I came to give peace on earth?
I tell you, not at all, but rather division.
For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.
Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
(c) /This Is Because: Some Who Follow Christ Are Hated By Their Family Members/.
1. 1) 8 year girl called pastor Chuck - 2) Dad liked daughter better when on drugs.
2. This may be part of the cost of discipleship, for love of family should not be greater than love for the Lord.
/b) /How can this man give us His flesh to eat (v.52b)?
1) /The Misunderstanding Of A Spiritual Truth By Treating It Literally.
(a) The Jews knew the divine prohibition against eating human flesh or any kind of blood (Gen.
(b) “this is a hard saying, who can understand it” (v.60)?
(c) “destroy this temple & in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19-21)
(d) “how can a man be born again” (John 3:4).
All Jesus said was, “Just as you take food and drink within your body and it becomes a part of you, so you must receive Me within your innermost being so that I can give you life.”
2) /The Natural Man Does Not Receive The Things Of The Spirit (1Cor.2:14)/
(a) We are all born spiritually dead, separated from God (Eph.2:1-3).
(b) And the gospel is veiled to those who are perishing because Satan has blinded their eyes (2Cor.4:3-4).
How does Satan do this?
/c) //How Does Satan Blind A Person’s Mind? /By appealing to his flesh: by enticing him with the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-16).
1) If Satan can get a person to focus his life upon himself and the world, the person will become enslaved to his flesh and the things of the world.
This is clearly seen in the enslaved habits of...
| · possessing more and more· eating more and more· lusting more and more· seeking more and more | · drinking more and more· smoking more and more· cursing more and more· indulging more and more |
(a) The more evil a person sows, the more enslavement he reaps (Gal.6:7-8;
(b) Satan is able to blind the person’s mind more and more by appealing to his flesh (sensual appetites) and hooking him on the pleasures of sin (James 1:14-16).
And the more he becomes hooked, the harder his heart will become & the blinder he becomes to the gospel.
He is therefore held captive by Satan to do his will (2Tim.2:26).
2) We need to pray that God would grant them repentance & that they would come to their senses (2Tim.24-26).
The word /“captive”/ in (2 Timothy 2:26) & the word /“catch”/ in (Luke 5:10) are the same words in the Greek.
(a) They mean to catch or entrap.
To take alive, to catch, as hunters or fishermen do their game, therefore applied spiritually to taking or catching men by the preaching of the gospel (Luke 5:10).
To take captive, used only spiritually for the captives of the devil in a moral sense, to ensnare, seduce (2 Tim.
(b) /The prodigal son finally came to his senses (Luke 15:17)/.
/d) /Unless you /eat/ the flesh of the Son of Man and /drink/ His blood, you have no life in you (v.53).
1) Careful reference to verses 47 and 40 with verses 53 and 54 will show that believing on Christ is exactly the same thing as eating and drinking of his flesh and blood.
2) /“Eat” And “Drink//” are in the Greek aorist tense, which means/: a once-for-all act.
(a) Jesus is simply saying that just as one must consume or partake of physical food to sustain physical life, so one must appropriate (/spiritually lay hold of Christ by trusting Him for salvation by faith/) Christ to have spiritual life.
3) /Flesh/ & /Blood/ Point Us To The Work Of Christ On The Cross.
(a) It was there that His /flesh/ was nailed to the cross & His /blood/ was shed to make man’s salvation possible.
By placing our faith in the crucified Christ, we appropriate Him and His work of salvation.
4) You have no life in you (v.53 /see also /1 John 5:12; 1Tim.5:6)
Thought 1. Unless a man receives (eats and drinks) Christ, he has no life within him.
He is a dead man spiritually and eternally.
He is walking around as a dead man.
Þ Physically he is in the process of aging and dying, of living in the realm of death and being doomed to die.
Þ Spiritually he is already dead, having no life with God.
He has no life, no real and true relationship with the /true and living God/.
He is doomed to eternal death and separation from God.
The First Result Of Receiving Christ Is Eternal Life (6:54).
/a) /Whoever /eats/ My flesh and /drinks/ My blood has eternal /life/ (v.54)
1) The Word For “Eat” (Trogon) Is Different.
(a) It means to eat eagerly, to grasp at chunks, to eat with pleasure.
It is the picture of hungering after Christ and eagerly wanting to feed and feast on Him.
(b) It is “present tense”, which means /continuous action/.
A person must /continue to eat/ and to /develop/ and /grow/ into the habit of feasting upon Christ.
Christian growth day by day is the picture.
/b) /Life By Its Very Definition Is A Growth Process.
That Which Is Alive Is Growing/.
1) Seedlings grow to be trees, in some cases to heights of several hundred feet.
Even when they reach their full height, they exhibit regular growth through the production of new leaves, branches, or fruit.
2) The principle of growth also holds true in the spiritual realm.
An essential, inherent characteristic for everyone in the Body of Christ is individual spiritual growth.
3) Do Not Have A Lack Of Spiritual Maturity
(a) Just as a baby crawls along the floor, putting anything it finds in its mouth, spiritual babies don’t know what is good for them and what isn’t & the result is they will believe error.
Immaturity and lack of discernment go together; they are virtually the same thing.
(b) Paul repeatedly appealed to Christians to grow up spiritually (Ephesians 4:14–15).
(c) Hebrews 5:12-6:1 — /N//o Christian ever reaches complete maturity this side of heaven/.
“Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known” (1Cor.13:12).
We must continually “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
We should hunger “for the pure milk of the word, that by it [we] may grow” (1 Peter 2:2).
As we mature, our senses are exercised to discern good and evil (Heb.
Having The Daily Touch From the Master (Mark 8:22-26) - Quote From R.C. Sproul.
When we are born again and the light breaks in it is as if we see things we never saw before.
Our whole outlook on life changes because of the touch of Jesus Christ.
But it is as if we see people who look “like trees walking.”
We see imperfectly until we receive another touch of Christ, and another, and another.
With each touch our vision of Christ and of the presence of the kingdom of God becomes sharper and sharper.
Walking With Jesus Day By Day Means Staying In Contact With Him.
We not only need the first touch, but the daily touch of the Master.
That’s what you are doing now, isn’t it?