YOU GOTTA EAT
John 6:55-57 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.
If you live in New Orleans, you are all about good food. As we all know, “You gotta eat!” We love our gumbos, our red beans, jambalaya, blackened red fish, you get the picture. All of us become self proclaimed experts on good food. I am partial to gumbo. I tend to judge a good New Orleans restaurant by their gumbo (the coffee is important too!). Obviously we eat for more than just nourishment, we also eat for pleasure. Of course the ultimate purpose for eating is to sustain our healthy life. The enjoyment of the rest of our life depends on being healthy, which is majorly determined by our eating habits. Charles Spurgeon spoke about today’s scripture, listen to his thoughts about feeding on Christ.
“We live by virtue of our union with the Son of God. As God-man Mediator, the LORD Jesus lives by the self-existent Father who has sent Him, and in the same manner we live by the Savior who has quickened us. He who is the source of our life is also the sustenance of it. Living is sustained by feeding. We must support the spiritual life by spiritual food, and that spiritual food is the LORD Jesus. Not His life, or death, or offices, or work, or word alone, but Himself, as including all these. On Jesus Himself we feed.”
One of our American holidays is Thanksgiving. This celebration is centered around the family meal, all of us gathering with our loved ones to give thanks to the Lord for His bounty. This annual celebration is something we look forward to, we reconnect with family, and for many, we reconnect with our Lord. We all stop to remember that we are sustained everyday from His hand. The Thanksgiving meal reminds me of the jewish Passover feast. The jews are taught to gather with their family to celebrate God’s goodness and to remember their deliverance from Egypt. Instead of turkey, they serve a lamb. This lamb is a picture of what Spurgeon was saying and what Jesus was teaching in today’s word. We must feed on the Lamb of God. Our Thanksgiving is not that different. We also stop to remember the goodness of God and to celebrate our deliverance from spiritual bondage that our forefathers left behind in Europe.
Our daily nourishment is on Christ Himself. He is our daily bread. As we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we are feeding our souls on food that will nourish us and produce spiritual health in our whole being. At the same time, there is no greater enjoyment than the joy found in this incredible spiritual feast. As we eat His body and drink His blood, we find ourselves in His presence. This is the place of total satisfaction, the place of intense, eternal joy. Remember, YOU GOTTA EAT!