TUESDAY 28TH JULY, 2020
THEME: The Real Food
PASSAGE: John 6:54–69
HYMN: MHB 438- Jesu, my Lord, my God, my All
MEMORY VERSE: John 6: 54 “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Christian communion services in the early church were held in private meetings, often at night. One of the charges that were levelled against Christians at that time was cannibalism and drunkenness because they claim to ‘eat the body’ and ‘drink the blood’ of Jesus. This led to severe persecution of the Church.
When Jesus said, “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6: 54), He was pointing to the violent sacrificial death He would suffer and the benefits that will accrue to all who believe in Him and His sacrifice. This should be understood spiritually and not literally.
The Lord’s supper (Eucharist or Holy Communion), which the Lord instituted (Matthew 26: 26 – 30) and which we celebrate as a memorial of His sacrifice on our behalf, testifies to our faith, strengthens our communion as believers and brings divine healing to broken bodies, aggrieved spirits and troubled minds. Indeed, the Lord’s Supper is a meal that heals when we approach the Lord’s table with faith that Jesus Christ, indeed, is the One, “by whose stripes” we are healed (1 Peter 2: 24).
Jesus is the living bread. The real food that we take is His Word which we digest and His commandments which we obey. This is what gives us spiritual nourishment and aid our Christian growth. Though Jesus did not condemn physical food, whoever wants to grow in the Spirit and every time you come to the Lord’s Table, come with great expectation of healing and renewal of strength by the power of the Holy Spirit.
PRAYER: Lord, as I partake in the Lord ‘s Supper, let divine healing take place in every aspect of my life.
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