Christian Life, Church Life

Eating and Drinking Christ

Buffet_NewOne of the nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” -Luciano Pavarotti

41 Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught of God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

 

52 Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” 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 yourselves. 54 He who eats 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 He who eats 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 he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.” John 6:41-58

Do you eat to gain information about the food? Do you eat because in eating you will know more about the food you ate? Heavens, no. You eat to gain life. You eat because eating is enjoyable and without eating you would die. Eating spiritually is very similar to eating physically. It requires the use of spiritual senses. And it is EASY. God has not made it hard for us to eat spiritually. Is it hard to eat physically? Not for me. =) I rather enjoy food. And I especially enjoy eating with others.

God is the Master Chef. Yet, He only uses one ingredient: His Son. But don’t worry, His Son is infinite so there is countless ways that Jesus Christ is prepared by the Father and served to us (through the Holy Spirit).

When eating Jesus Christ (the true food) you can eat with just your hands (simply turning to the Lord in your spirit), or you can use tools to help (books, scripture, or songs that help you turn to Him). You can eat on your own (just you and the Lord) or with others (getting together with brothers and sisters and turning to the Lord together). You can serve others (share with others what you are seeing of the Lord so they can partake) or you can be served by others (receiving what others are seeing of the Lord). Do you only eat one way physically? Do you always sit in the same spot, with the same plate, cup, fork and knife, with the same people or on your own? Of course not. Then why would you do the same spiritually?

Here’s a suggestion: Every time you eat this week, whether it’s alone or with others, whether it’s on the go or a long lunch, remember that the food you are eating is only a picture of the real food: Jesus Christ Himself. As you eat physically, thank the Lord that He has given Himself as your true food and that He is even more available to you than physical food is. And then, by faith, eat of Him.

O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8

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  1. Reply
    Amanda Iosa
    September 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    No, eating isn’t hard at all. It’s something delightful and pleasing. All we have to do is receive. Isn’t He incredible?! I loved when you said “you can eat with just your hands.” It spoke to me of Jesus giving us permission to just dig in and enjoy Him. No pretense, just eat! I got a whiff of the pleasure He gets from our partaking of Him. I could almost hear Him laugh. Wonderful! Such joy in that.

    And how true it is that we can serve Him to others, and enjoy Him as a meal together as sisters and brothers. Puts a whole new spin on “serving” doesn’t it?

    Love it! Thank you, sister!
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    September 30, 2014 at 6:11 am

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    kenneth dawson
    September 30, 2014 at 7:26 am

    thanks for the good post–I just read your husbands follow up post and went to the article by Milt about the eating of Christ after you begin your new birth experience and that was excellent–thanks once again for you and your husbands posts–they are most helpful.

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      Bridget Babione
      September 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Thank you, Kenneth, for joining in here at the blog. Love hearing from you and really appreciate your comments!

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    Brenda
    October 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Christ is so very practical. He is our food and our drink. I don’t physically eat ALL day long. I eat periodically throughout the day. However, I almost always have a drink with me. How readily available He makes Himself to us, as simple as eating and drinking.

    Love you sis!

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