Unlimited: You Must Eat Jesus’ Flesh in the Kingdom
May 14, 2018 1043
I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53, NLT).
Jesus said some things that were offensive within his own religion and culture.
This verse above just one example.
Soon after Christianity’s emergence, it was condemned within the Roman Empire as a dangerous new cult. Christians were accused of practising cannibalism by eating the body and drinking the blood of someone they called Christ. This was a misunderstanding of what is called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist.
When Jesus spoke about eating his flesh and drinking his blood, he was actually talking about true religion. What Jesus meant is that it’s got to be personal. Jesus was saying that you don’t receive eternal life by understanding concepts or by believing the right things, but instead by a personal and intimate relationship with him. Jesus must be more important to us than our very food and drink, and closer to us than the nourishment that courses through our body and gives us life.
This requirement for salvation offends our deepest need to consider ourselves to be the masters of our own destiny. It means surrendering all that we are and hope to be, and everything we think and all that we have, to the Carpenter of Nazareth. For those who refuse to do this, it really is offensive. But for those who embrace it, this means eternal life. – Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: How personal is it between you and Jesus? Is Jesus just only a “lifestyle” for you, or just “something” you “believe in”? Do you talk more about “the truth” or more about the person? What are you going to do to make sure that your religion is truly personal?
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