10th April 2017

Bread of Heaven 

“…Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed him, because they saw his signs which he performed on those who were diseased.”
John 6:1–3 (NKJV)

After Jesus fed the 5,000, he perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king. How was he going to put the 5,000 men off taking him by force to make him a king? Jesus went away from the crowds to be alone for a while. His disciples went in a ship towards Capernaum and there follows the “walking on water” incident, which greatly increased their faith, preparing them for a difficult time to come.

The crowds, in the meantime, had followed his disciples and come to Capernaum to find Jesus. When he saw the crowds again, he said to them they were only looking for him because they had seen the miracles and eaten the loaves. They wanted Jesus to continue giving them bread, like more Manna! He told them, “Do not labour for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you” (John 6:27).

Jesus went on to say that He was the living bread which came down from heaven, and if anyone ate of this bread, they would live forever. Astonishing! They reasoned among themselves, thinking he meant his own flesh. And, indeed, Jesus then told them: “Most assuredly, 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 eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh, and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him” (John 6:53-56).

This must have shocked the men listening, since the law said blood was not to be drunk – and cannibalism was unthinkable! That did it! They no longer sought to make him king! However, his disciples’ faith was strong enough to help them follow Jesus, as he revealed the symbolism at the last supper, where the wine symbolized his blood, and the bread, his body. Later the Holy Spirit dwelling in them revealed the mystery of Christ in them, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).

It was not the time for Jesus to be made king. It was the time for him to die for the sins of mankind, but Christians know that one day Jesus will be crowned King of kings.

Prayer
Father, thank you for sending your Son to be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of us all and by introducing the Lord’s Supper/Communion Service to help us remember His broken body and shed blood.
Amen

Study by Duncan McLean

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About the Author:
Duncan McLean and his wife, Shirley, attend Grace Communion Church Luton, where they regularly contribute music. They run a monthly choir workshop, which is also a social occasion where all are welcome – see www.kingsfold.org

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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