2/5/14: True Communion

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One of my Sunday School children was visibly upset in the church service one Sunday. I put my arm around her and asked what was wrong. She snuggled close to me and said, “I don’t want to drink blood.” The pastor was preparing the congregation for the Communion meal we were about to take. When he held up the cup and quoted Jesus saying, “This is My blood,” that was just too much for my little learner. She wanted to obey and participate, but she knew what she heard, and it all seemed like a barbaric practice in her innocent mind. I recognized a teachable moment when I saw one. She was okay once I whispered that the cup actually contained grape juice that represented the blood of Christ and in class the following Sunday, I explained the sacrament to all the kids.

Jesus used the feeding of the 5,000 as a teachable moment. The people were excited over being fed physical food, so He captured that instant and flipped the meaning to the spiritual. He talked of someone else they knew who had fed folks: Moses. Had not Moses prayed and bread – manna – literally dropped from Heaven to feed the children of Israel in the wilderness? Jesus then compared Himself to that incident saying, “…Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world… I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” John 6:32-35 (NKJ). And later in the passage He gets even more graphic. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me” John 6:56-57 (NKJ).

Jesus is giving us a metaphor: using something we understand to get us to grasp the meaning of something He’s trying to teach us. We understand the importance of eating and drinking for our physical survival. Jesus here teaches us that in the same way, we must “eat and drink” of Him for our spiritual survival. We must literally take Him in: how He lived and moved (His body), and how He was vitally connected to God (His blood). To become God’s children means we are “born” into His family (thus the term “born again”) and we have new DNA – Divine New Attributes.

Let’s make the practice of eating His flesh and drinking His blood – taking on Christ’s character and way of life – our daily modus operandi. Worship Jesus, the Bread of Life.

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©2014 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 

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~ by sanewriter on February 5, 2014.

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