Then the Jews began to argue among themselves. They said, "How can this man give us his body to eat?" Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. You must eat the body of the Son of Man. And you must drink his blood. If you don't do this, then you don't have real life in you. The person that eats my body and drinks my blood has eternal life. I will raise up that person on the last day. My body is true food. My blood is true drink. If a person eats my body and drinks my blood, then that person lives in me, and I live in that person."
— John 6:52-56 NLT
Jesus didn't make things easy for folks to follow him. We sometimes forget this today, when so much "bait" is used to try to attract people to Jesus. This chapter reminds us that Jesus challenged the pre-conceived and small-sized notions people had of him and pushed them to make an all or nothing decision about his identity and importance. He would not allow himself to simply become a miracle-making hero of the masses. Instead, he challenged the people of his day (And us as well, if we are honest with ourselves!) to either follow him with everything they had or to reject him and turn away. Jesus is either everything God intends for us, or he is a dangerous lunatic to be rejected. Which will it be for us? Jesus refuses to be our simple and kind religious leader; he challenges us to see him as our life and our sustenance. The question is not whether we believe this, but whether we live with this conviction as a reality in our daily lives!
Father, I confess that I often times want my discipleship made easier. I find I often want your truths to be more easily understood. I love Jesus with all my heart; but for some reason, I find myself not depending upon him as my life and my sustenance. Father, please don't just forgive me, but give me a deeper awareness of my hunger for your Living Bread in my life. Feed me with his life as I seek to place him first in all I do. In his name, Jesus Christ the Lord, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Luke 18:18-27
- Luke 9:23-24
- Luke 14:33
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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