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Our Lord in the Bread of Life Discourse (bibles-scripture)

posted by bibleprobe(R) Homepage, Mass., 08.02.2007

The "Third measure of meal" is this. God gave Himself so that those who trust in Him and believe in Him will have everlasting Life. It is the central part and fulfillment of all His Word given to us so far. It cannot be enhanced or taken away from. It is perfect. And it is finished.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Please recall the beautiful words of our Lord and Savior in the "Bread of Life Discourse", found in the Gospel of St. John.

John 6:30 begins a colloquy that took place in the synagogue at Capernaum. The Jews asked Jesus what sign he could perform so that they might believe in him. As a challenge, they noted that "our ancestors ate manna in the desert." Could Jesus top that? He told them the real bread from heaven comes from the Father. "Give us this bread always," they said. Jesus replied, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst." At this point the Jews mistakenly understood him to be speaking metaphorically.

Again and Again

"I myself am the living bread come down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread he shall live forever; the bread I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world. Let me solemnly assure you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you have no life in you. He who feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has life eternal, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is real food, and my blood real drink. The man who feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the Father who has life sent me and I have life because of the Father, so the man who feed on me will have life because of me" (John 6:51, 53-57)

None of this language (hard saying) is symbolic! Jesus meant what He said.

Moreover, even when there is grumbling and objections, and even after some disciples abandon our Lord because of this teaching, Jesus nowhere says, "Oh, please stop buddies. Don't leave me. I meant this symbolically."

Our Lord stood by His teaching. Most importantly--He repeated this "hard teaching" twice.

I was a "bad teacher". I was once an instructor for a Naval Intelligence course in ocean surveillance, in Norfolk, Virginia. Sometimes I would literally "stomp the floor" with my foot while instructing something that was to appear on a very, very hard exam which was to follow the course. Hoping this point would sink in --and that the students would zoom in on this --BECAUSE they would see it again later. I wanted them to pass their end of course exam.

This is what Jesus did by repeating this. He basically is saying; "don't miss this --it literally is something you MUST get"...

In short you better at least once solemnly receive the Body & Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Communion) at least once in your life --in A Christian setting... To receive Holy Communion unworthily is a serious abuse of the sacred body and blood of the Lord, and therefore a sacrilege.

"The nearer to Jesus, the nearer to the perfect calm of heaven; and the further from Jesus, the nearer to that troubled sea which tosses with the continual unrest of the wicked. There is no peace to the man or woman who doth not dwell constantly under the shadow of the cross; for Jesus is our peace, and if he be absent, our peace is absent too."

Paul and Jesus both told us that the bread and wine really become the actual body and blood of Jesus, by the miracle of God's grace. See: 1 Corinthians 11:27-29.

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

IMPORTANT: Don't ever take the receiving of Holy Communion lightly. Make a serious and heartfelt confession of all your sins to the Lord before ever receiving His blessed body and blood.

Those who preach the false Sabbatarianism (Saturday worship) theology don't want to hear this. But, tradition and History tell us that early Christians met in homes, usually on a Sunday and celebrated the Body and Blood of Christ with bread and wine. Also to the disdain of these modern day "jailers" who want to return Christians to the chains of the Old Testament Laws which were meant for and given only to the Jews:

Let us look then at the record. In Chapter 20:7 of Acts, it is said that at Paul's return to Troas, "Upon the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul discoursed with them. - . " This states clearly that the purpose of their gathering together was "to break bread", or observe the Lord's Supper. It is also clear that this was on the first day of the week, which had become the regular time for the meeting of Christians, and which John, in Chapter 1, verse 10 of Revelations, calls "the Lord's Day".

That the early church under the direct guidance of the inspired apostles observed the Lord's Supper on the first day of every week is the testimony of all biblical scholars and church historians of every denomination. Mosheim, in his celebrated Ecclesiastical History, volume 1,

Pages 46 and 85 says: "The first of all the Christian churches founded by the apostles was that at Jerusalem; and after the form and model of this all the others of that age were constituted. That church, however, was governed immediately by the apostles, to whom the presbyters (or elders) and the deacons, or overseers of the poor, were subject. Though the people had not withdrawn themselves from the Jewish worship, yet they held their separate meetings, in which they were instructed by the apostles and presbyters (or elders), offered up their united prayers, celebrated the sacred supper, the memorial of Jesus Christ, and the salvation he procured . . . . The Christians of this century assembled for the worship of God and for their advancement in piety on the first day of the week, the day on which Christ reassumed life; for that this day was set apart for religious worship by the apostles themselves, and that after the example of the Church at Jerusalem, it was generally observed we have unexceptional testimony."

For the first three centuries, then, the church observed the Lord's Supper each first day of the week. Testimony to this fact comes from Justin Martyr, one of the earliest church fathers. To those who were sick and unable to attend the assembly, the communion was carried to their homes. It was not till the fourth century that the church became careless and began to lose her first love.

One must also need to follow the Lord's directive that you must be baptised by Water...

Read more about Baptism here: http://bibleprobe.com/baptism.htm

Learn about Infant Baptism here: http://www.issuesetc.org/resource/journals/kastens.htm

 


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