Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Eucharist. The Real Deal. Part 4

Continuing in John chapter six, vs 35-40 Jesus is explaining that he is from heaven to do the will of God the Father. That some will believe in him and some will not. "The Jews then murmured at him, because he said 'I am the bread which came down from heaven.' They said 'Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he say, 'I have come down from heaven'?" (Jn 6:41-42) The Jews then murmured at him. Murmuring is an example of unbelief. Murmuring provoked the Mosaic gift of water (Ex 15:24) The Jews didn't understand Jesus's divinity. They only understood his humanity.
Too many people take for granted living two thousand years after the death and resurrection of Christ. What if you had heard his words back then? Seen him him around town knowing he was the carpenter's son. Would you of seen him for who he really was? The Word made flesh?
Some people say all of John six is about faith, and faith only. That is only half true, the first part of John six is about faith, the later half is about the Eucharist.
In Jn 43-48 Jesus is telling the group of Jews again that he has come down from heaven. Jesus says "I am the bread of life" (Jn 6:48) This is where the transition is of faith and the Eucharist. John is known for having double meaning in his writing. Jn 6:48 is a perfect example of it. Here, John is writing that Jesus is the bread of life in both a metaphoric and a literal way.
Talk at ya Later

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