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. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. – John 6:53-56 ESV
Jesus told us in John 8:32; “The TRUTH will set you free’! But it was James Garfield that put on the addendum; “But first it will make you MISERABLE! When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” (v60) After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. (v66) The WORD OF GOD is to be our sustenance, it is what FEEDS us and GROWS us and MAKES US into the mature BELIEVER that God has called us to be!
Leader, When God miraculously provided for the children of Israel in the wilderness, He sent them manna; “the bread of heaven” (Psalm 78:24). The FREED- were now complaining, that it had been better if they had “died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! “There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death” (Ex 16:3). The Lord then informed Moses that He would “rain down bread from heaven for you” so that they wouldn’t go hungry (Ex 16:4). “What is it?” For they did not know what it was” (Ex 16:14-15) and the word they used; “manna” means, what is it? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” (John 6:31)
Conduit, in Matthew 4:4, Jesus said, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” And to the woman at the well in John 4 he tells her; “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” It is said a human can live without food for 1-4 weeks depending on your body fat because your body will eat your fat to keep you alive. With water you only have 3 days-1 week before you die. what is your SUSTENANCE, what is your PORTION? The key to BE a TRUE FOLLOWER of Jesus is to NEED HIM and HIS WORD daily, or you will die! The Israelites were told to only take enough manna for the day, so they would need to rely on GOD every day to LIVE! How is your Walk? Do you hunger and thirst for RIGHTEOUSNESS, hunger and thirst for more LIFE from the giver of life? EAT and DRINK daily and grow into ALL GOD HAS CREATED YOU TO BE- IN HIM, through HIM, and with HIM! HUNGER and THRIST for more JESUS! Let Jesus, His Word, His Love, His Will, HIS WAY- be the food that feeds you! Amen.