Series: The Gospel According to John
Title: What Are You Eating?
Text: John 6:48-59
Purpose: By studying these verses we learn: Feeding on Jesus by faith is necessary for eternal life, for temporal sustenance, and for temporal and eternal
Speaker: Bishop Jake Givan, Jr., D. Min
Date: January 13, 2019
Perhaps the second Sunday after a big holiday season is not the best time to ask, “What are you eating?” The holidays are the most difficult time of the year
to stick to a diet. You say, “Ask me later in the month of January!”
But that’s the question that our text implicitly wants us to consider: “What are you eating?”—not physically, but spiritually. We hear a lot these days about
the importance of a healthy diet. You are what you eat, and a lot of Americans eat a lot of junk food, resulting in a lot of serious, but avoidable health
problems. Most of us could benefit by being careful about what we eat.
It’s the same spiritually. If you gorge yourself on the latest movies or on the fare that is offered every night on TV, and you seldom feed on the Bible, don’t
be surprised if you’re not spiritually healthy. If your spiritual intake consists of a sugary devotional that you grab on the run, like a doughnut and an
occasional sermon when you aren’t doing something else on Sunday, don’t be surprised if you’re feeling kind of spiritually sluggish. You are what you eat.
The lesson is:
Feeding on Jesus by faith is necessary for eternal life, for temporal sustenance, and for temporal and eternal satisfaction.
This is an eternal life or death matter. In 6:50, Jesus says that if you eat of Him as the bread from heaven, you will not die. He states the converse in 6:51, if
you eat of this bread, you will live forever. In 6:53, Jesus warns the Jews that unless they eat His flesh and drink His blood, they have no life in themselves.
In 6:54, He again states the converse of 6:53, namely that the one who eats His flesh and drinks His blood has eternal life. He reinforces it again in 6:57, “He
who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.” And in 6:58 he again contrasts Himself with the manna, which the Israelites ate and died, by saying that the
one who eats this bread (probably pointing to Himself) will live forever.
1. Feeding on Jesus by faith is necessary for eternal life.
A. Eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking His blood do not refer to partaking of the Lord’s Supper.
B. Eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking His blood refer to believing in or appropriating personally His death on the cross as your only hope for
C. Eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking His blood are how you gain eternal life.
(1) Eating is a necessary response to a felt need.
(2) Eating and drinking only benefit you when you actually eat and drink.
2. Feeding on Jesus by faith is necessary for temporal sustenance.
3. Feeding on Jesus by faith is necessary for temporal and eternal satisfaction.
As we conclude I want us to go back to verse 53. Notice what Jesus says about our condition. “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his
blood, you have no life in you.” There is no life in us apart from consuming Christ. We cannot find life on our own. Our actions apart from Christ will not
bring us life. Jesus has been trying to make this point repeatedly throughout this chapter to these listeners in the synagogue. “No one can come to me unless
the Father who sent me draws him.” We do not have life in ourselves. There is nothing within us to save us. There is nothing righteous or good about us that
can bring us life. We need the bread of life. We need to be given life because every one of us is dead in our sins. But that life is not found in passive following.
That life is not found in performing a few acts of obedience. Life is found in consuming Christ. This pictures a dedication and desire for Christ above all else
because he is all-satisfying.
Pray to God today to start finding your satisfaction in him. Read his word and see how good the Lord is to you. Start moving yourself to a deeper
relationship with him. If you need help to begin this walk to make Jesus all-satisfying to you, let one of us know so that we can meet with you and help you
get on the right path.
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