Monday, October 11, 2010

Jesus - The Bread of Life

"I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." ~John 6:51
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Commentary by Charles H. Spurgeon

Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.--John 21:12

In these words the believer is invited to a holy nearness to Jesus.
"Come and dine," implies the same table, the same meat; ay, and
sometimes it means to sit side by side, and lean our head upon the
Saviour's bosom. It is being brought into the banqueting-house, where
waves the banner of redeeming love. "Come and dine," gives us a vision
of union with Jesus, because the only food that we can feast upon when
we dine with Jesus is Himself. Oh, what union is this! It is a depth
which reason cannot fathom, that we thus feed upon Jesus. "He that
eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him."
It is also an invitation to enjoy fellowship with the saints.
Christians may differ on a variety of points, but they have all one
spiritual appetite; and if we cannot all feel alike, we can all feed
alike on the bread of life sent down from heaven. At the table of
fellowship with Jesus we are one bread and one cup. As the loving cup
goes round we pledge one another heartily therein. Get nearer to Jesus,
and you will find yourself linked more and more in spirit to all who
are like yourself, supported by the same heavenly manna. If we were
more near to Jesus we should be more near to one another. We likewise
see in these words the source of strength for every Christian. To look
at Christ is to live, but for strength to serve Him you must "come and
dine." We labour under much unnecessary weakness on account of
neglecting this percept of the Master. We none of us need to put
ourselves on low diet; on the contrary, we should fatten on the marrow
and fatness of the gospel that we may accumulate strength therein, and
urge every power to its full tension in the Master's service. Thus,
then, if you would realize nearness to Jesus, union with Jesus, love to
His people and strength from Jesus, "come and dine" with Him by faith.

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