51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
Thoughts:Jesus is the bread of life- meaning that He is the main ingredient to life. For people in his day, the most common and stable food was bread. Wihtout Jesus, we will miss the purpose and joy of life. This is not talking about communion (or the eucharist), but about partaking of Christ symbolically. Jesus was not telling them to take a bite out of his leg! But He was encouraging them to make Him so much a part of them that they would live off of Him, find energy off of Him, work for Him. Jesus is not a secondary ingredient- like icing on a cake. He is the whole cake!
Prayer: May I find you to be my everything, O Lord. May I live that way today.
John Calvin Abridged: Though they despised him, this was the only place where life was found. Souls feed on his flesh and blood in the same manner that the body feeds on food and drink. Souls are famished without the sacrifice of Christ.