Jesus Appears to His Disciples
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh. I will give my flesh so that the people in the world may have life.”
Then the Jews began to argue among themselves. They said, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth. You must eat the flesh of the Son of Man. And you must drink his blood. If you don’t do this, then you won’t have real life in you. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life. I will raise him up on the last day. My flesh is true food. My blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I live in him. The Father sent me. The Father lives, and I live because of the Father. So he who eats me will live because of me. I am not like the bread our ancestors ate. They ate that bread, but still they died. I am the bread that came down from heaven. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
Jesus has recently fed the 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Jesus had fed them with bread that they could see and taste. Now he was explaining that God, his Father in heaven was giving them bread, not bread that you can see or taste but bread that lasted for always. Jesus then said that he was the Bread of life and that believing in him would “feed” them the same as actual bread “fed” them.
The crowds who were following him, wanted more blessings from heaven, but they didn’t really know or believe who Jesus was. Jesus is telling them that when you eat the bread and wine He will feed you. Eating the bread is believing drinking the wine is believing. That is why sharing the bread and wine at church is so important, we are showing to God that we believe in Jesus. Just as food fills our tummies if we believe in Jesus, he will fill us with love, peace and compassion and help us to grow in our love of Him and of our neighbours on earth.
- In some churches, children and young people may go up for a blessing but not receive bread and wine until they have explored a bit more about sharing bread and the wine which is called Holy Communion. This week why don’t you try and find out a bit more about that from your Vicar or curate at Church.
- Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph the carpenter in Bethlehem as a baby. Jesus is also the Son of God. What do you think about that? How would you describe that to a friend or someone in your family?
- Do you think that you need to share the bread & wine in Church to show Jesus that you believe?
Lord believing in you for some people is hard, help those that do not believe to trust in you. Amen.
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