|John 6:48-58 |
48 I am the Bread of Life.
49 Your forefathers ate manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 But this is the Bread that came down from heaven, so that a man may eat of it, and not die.
51 I am the Living Bread that has come down from heaven. If any man eats of this Bread, he shall live forever; the Bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
52 Then the Jews argued among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
53 So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, lives [continually] in me, and I in him.4
57 As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father; so he who feeds on me, shall live by me.
58 This is that Bread that came down from heaven; but not as your fathers ate manna, and are dead, for he who eats of this Bread shall live forever."5
5 How do you eat this Bread from heaven? You hear his words, which are spirit and life; you keep them, practicing them and obeying them. It is the Spirit Who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63. The ritual of "communion" has been substituted for the real communion — a dialogue between you and Christ; a dialogue of words from Him that you retain — you eat — so that his word abides in you, and then controls you. More words, more control. The word, who is Christ, is being formed in your flesh.
(We are supposed to remember Christ every time we eat and drink, until he returns to appear in our heart, not grape juice and wafers in a sect's service.)
And remember, Christ told us to: Do not labor for food that perishes, but [instead labor] for the food that endures to everlasting life.
Whoever comes to me, and listens to my words, and does [practices, obeys] them, I will show you what he is like.
He is like a man who built a house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation securely built on a rock;
and when the flood arose, the torrent beat violently upon that house, but could not shake it because it was founded upon a rock.
But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice is like a man who built a house upon the earth without a foundation;
against which the torrent struck violently, and immediately it collapsed; and the ruin of that house was great. Luke 6:47-48