Feast on the Word

 

November 12, 2018

John 6:56… Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.

            Is Jesus endorsing cannibalism? It certainly sounds like it. Churches have a ritual called Communion or The Lord’s Supper. This time in the gospel is not the time of the Lord’s Supper. Fortunately, for us as seekers, Jesus adds clarification.

Verse 63… It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.

            Jesus’ spoken words are life to us. We feed on His words. If you have a red letter Bible, you know that Jesus’ words are recorded in the 4 gospels and a little bit in Acts and in Revelation, chapters 2 and 3. You know this because the words are written in red. As you study, however, you will note that Jesus spoke much of the New Testament into existence. For example: In the 4th chapter of Luke, he records for us an account of Jesus’ temptations in the desert. Jesus was alone when that happened, so how did Luke write about it? The Holy Spirit must have prompted him, or Jesus must have told Him. The apostle Paul wrote a great deal about Jesus, but he did not walk with Him. Should we still read his letters? The Holy Spirit guided the writing of the Bible. As further proof, we are told that Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Bible. Moses was not present at creation. But, he wrote the account of it in Genesis. The Holy Spirit was present and he inspired Moses, many years later. If you have a red letter edition of the Bible, just note that only the words of Jesus that we know about are written in red. In John 14:26, we learn that Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, “He will remind you of my words.” The Holy Spirit does not speak of Himself, He speaks of Jesus…  who, in turn, leads us to the Father. And He sends us the Holy Spirit. Can you see the humble cooperation in the Trinity?

            In today’s reading, Jesus told His followers to eat His flesh. Then he went on to tell them that His words were the flesh of which He spoke. Knowing the Bible is not an option for us; it is essential.

All the words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.”