Give rather than take…

John 6:52-59

The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”

Then Jesus said to 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. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

Can you feel the sorrow over the loss of life?  Disobedience brought loss of life and loss of life brings redemption.  Creation began in love and gave no demands other than obedience.  Mankind took rather than gave and loss of life was the stated consequence.  Once again the Creator takes action to redeem that which was lost, and the loss of life is his own Son providing redemption back to life from the curse.  This is given once again to those who believe this.  Taking brought death, giving brings life.  It takes loss to appreciate what one once had.  Are these hard words?  Is Christ talking about cannibalism or participation?  Do we truly know how we grieve the heart of God when we disobey? When we sin?  Is it something to take lightly, just complete a ritual and now we are OK?

Jesus tells them plainly the amount of suffering to be endured, tells them plainly he will do this whether or not they believe.  But if they do believe, he promises the life we were intended to have at the beginning of creation, he promises eternal life with him. And he is promising suffering.  Giving can demand from us more than we are willing to give.  And there is ‘our will’ as opposed to his will.  Seek to give rather than take…give of time, money, self; give with no intent of receiving.  Respond with the love God gives.  Know him, experience him, understand him.

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