A deeper look at the strange words: ‘Eat my flesh and drink my blood’

—Part 11: John 6:25–71

  • Andrew Fountain – Dec 1, 2019

 
 
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John 6:25–71 – Eat my flesh and drink my blood

Goal:

  • To grasp what Jesus really means when he says
    ‘Eat my flesh and drink my blood’”
    and how these strange sounding words can be, for your, a deep source of life.

Overview

  1. Very brief recap of the story so far
  2. A careful reading of John 6
  3. How can we eat Jesus’ flesh and drink his blood?
  4. A Challenge to Feed on Jesus

John 6

  • Jesus said that people had to eat his flesh and drink his blood!
  • What on earth is he talking about?
  • v.57: “Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes me will live because of me.”

Key: John 4:32–34

  1. But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
  2. So the disciples began to say to one another, “No one brought him anything to eat, did they?”
  3. Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to complete his work.”

John 6: Jesus relationship with the Father a pattern for us

  1. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father,
    so the person who eats me will live because of me.

Summary: How Jesus relates to his Father

  • Jesus lived every moment and breathed every breath to obey the will of the Father.
  • To do the Father’s will was his drink, his meat. It was everything to him.
  • He did not do anything in his own strength but did everything by the power that flowed from the Father.
  • He is calling us to relate to him in the same way
  • This might seem like death, but actually it is the way to life

Light from the Old Testament

  • The word blood is used frequently in the Bible to mean violent death. Two very relevant stories:
  1. “When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.” -Ps 27:2
  2. David was on the run from Saul, he remarked how much he would love a drink from the well of Bethlehem…
    • “Far be it from me, O my God, that I should do this!
      Shall I drink the blood of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.”
      -1 Chron 11:19
  • Summary: Enjoying the benefits which come at the expense of his life

Jesus is teaching us that

  • We need to depend on him utterly,
    moment by moment,
    in order to survive

Four Parallels

  • “Eating and drinking Christ”
  • Is there anything else that does?
  • Trusting/Believing Christ
  • Coming to Christ
  • obeying Christ’s words and abiding in them.
  • Four things that result in everlasting life

John 6 Feeding on Jesus

  1. Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth,
    unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves.
  2. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
  3. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
  4. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood resides in me, and I in him.