In His most acclaimed “sermon on the Mount” Jesus spoke a set of beatitudes which are highly revered. Among them was this one. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6. It almost sounds like a meal is being offered here does it not? Well, it was as we shall see.
The real curve ball here is the meal that Jesus offered was Himself, which many refused to ingest and still do. Even the disciples didn’t grasp that the meal Jesus was setting before them was Himself. This single item menu which Jesus gave the world is not only unusual but is disgusting to many. Nonetheless Jesus is our heavenly meal.
“Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” John 6:54-56
Jesus Himself is our spiritual meal which when consumed will nourish us with eternal life. Yet multitudes go hungry and thirsty because they won’t taste of our heavenly meal, Jesus Christ. They will spend eternity with their pangs of hunger and thirst because Christ won’t be the menu ever again.
The disciples were stumped by what Jesus said about eating His body and drinking His blood. How was that to be done? Certainly barbaric cannibalism would not be the proper eating method. Jesus had explained the method of consumption before He described Himself as our heavenly meal. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” John 6:47
Jesus is to be consumed through belief and He tells us how we can acquire belief. “…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63. It is not the physical body of Christ which gives us life when consumed but the words of truth which He preached. When we read His words and believe we spiritually eat the body and drink the blood of Jesus Christ.
We eat food every day for our physical bodies which eventually die anyhow. What we really need is more spiritual food for our soul. God’s Word is meat and drink for our eternal spirit. Paul referred to the Word of God as meat and milk in I Corinthians 3:2 and Hebrews 5:12. The meat and milk of the Word equate to the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
DEAR LORD, MAY WE EAT A GENEROUS PORTION OF YOUR HEAVENLY MEAL DAILY!