TEXT: John 6:51-59
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 80.
Marcus Dods said, “The actual flesh and blood, the human life of Christ, was given for men; and men eat His flesh and drink His blood, when they use for their own advantage His sacrifice, when they assimilate to their own being all the virtue that was in Him.”
As Jesus continues with the theme of His body and blood being a sacrifice to God, the Jews become even more hostile in their reaction. They are unable (or unwilling) to see through the simple metaphors that Jesus is using. The Bible says they “strove (argued, debated) among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
One might think that at this point, Jesus would change his tactics and use a different example. But He doesn’t. Instead, He doubles down on this essential point. He says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Without the acceptance of Jesus’ sacrifice and belief in Him as our Savior, we are essentially dead already. That is what the word “hath” means — it has strong present tense implications. “Ye hath no life in you.”
On the other hand, if we take part in the sacrifice of Christ — if we “eat His flesh and drink His blood” — we immediately gain spiritual regeneration and eternal life. One might think of the classic story, “Alice in Wonderland.” After Alice falls down the rabbit hole, she comes to a doorway that’s ten inches high, and she needs to get through it. As she’s standing there wondering what to do, she finds a bottle on a table with the words “drink me” written on it. Alice has no other options, so she drinks what’s in the bottle, immediately shrinks in size, and is able to go through the tiny door. Later on, she is in need of becoming bigger again. And she finds a cake with the words “eat me” written on it. She eats the cake and immediately becomes larger.
That is what happens when we eat and drink of Jesus Christ. We are instantly transformed. We “hath eternal life”; that is, we have it right now. There is no waiting period. There is no process that we must go through. When we eat food and drink water, we are instantly energized; we are given new energy, new life as it were. And Jesus says, “My flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.” That is the kind of transformation that happens when we believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him into our lives.
Some Christians have mistakenly tried to identify Jesus’ words regarding his flesh and blood with the commemorative ritual of Communion or the Lord’s Supper. However, as Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state in their commentary, “since the Last Supper occurred one year later than the incidents recorded in this chapter, eating His flesh and drinking His blood should not be thought of as sacramentalism [as the Catholic Church does].”
Jesus goes on to give these doubtful Jews another explanation — one that is essential for them to understand, yet one that will offend their religious sensibilities once again. “He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.” Jesus says, “Look, you think I’m down here doing these miraculous works on my own? I’m not. God the living Father is empowering me, and I draw strength from Him. He has anointed Me to do these things, and He is living inside of Me right now. I took some time out last night to spend alone with Him. I am in Him and He is in Me. You can have that kind of relationship if you believe in Me.”
If you take part in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross — if you believe in Him and let Him into your life — you will begin to “live by Him.” Just as your physical life is sustained by the food you eat, your spiritual life will be sustained by Jesus living inside of you. He is the one who will enable and empower you to face the spiritual darkness in this world and overcome it. And He is the one who will give you eternal life.
Dear friend, are you ready to take hold of the Bread of Life? Are you ready to come to Jesus as Your Savior. He made a great sacrifice in order for you to have the opportunity to gain eternal life. Here is how you can make the decision to receive that gift today.
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to GospelLightSociety.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.