Week of October 22 - Day 2

Day 2  Read: John 6:53-58

53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 

Reflect: What indicator does Jesus offer as evidence of the one who abides in Him?

Consider: Lives in me and I live in him is literally “remains in me and I in him”; the thought is similar to 15:4. The verb “to remain” is one of John’s most important terms, and he uses it of the relationship between the Father and the Son (14:10), as well as of the believer’s relationship with the Son (6:56; 15:4). In 1:32–33 the Spirit descends and remains on Jesus.[1]

Respond: What is the result of eating and drinking Jesus’ body and blood? What powerful theological idea does Jesus communicate in v. 57? Why is this so significant for us?

 

[1]  Barclay Moon Newman and Eugene Albert Nida, A Handbook on the Gospel of John, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1993), 209.