‘eating flesh and drinking blood’

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

In the gospel of John, Christ gives the parable about the ‘good shepherd’ to His disciples. In the parable He identifies Himself as ‘the door’ …

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9

… and later on, He identifies Himself as the ‘good shepherd’.

 

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  John 10:11

Now the thief and the robber does not have the best interest of the sheep at heart, but the good shepherd, has come that they might have life and that, more abundantly.

 

“Turn not to the easiest, but to the most difficult … not to the more, but to the less; not towards what is high and precious, but to what is low and despised; not towards desiring anything, but to desiring nothing.”                                  Juan de Yepes- ‘John of the Cross’

This doesn’t sound like abundant living to me, maybe John of the Cross, did not fully understood what it means to be the recipient of abundant living?

“Whomever the Lord has adopted and deemed worthy of His fellowship ought to prepare themselves for a hard, toilsome, and unquiet life, crammed with very many and various kinds of evil.” John Calvin

John Calvin would not have made it any many pulpits today, at least in America, with this type of preaching.You see this thought process is not what conjures up abundant living in the mind of the ‘Christian in America’. This kind of preaching is not going to bring them in from the highways and the byways. His preaching needs more abundance!

It reminds me of the Jesus’ discourse on the fact that he is the bread of life (John 6) and “except a man eat his flesh and drink his blood, then one has no life in him”. The Jews therefore strove among themselves say “how can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

After Jesus got through expounding this truth to the multitude that had been following him we are told that “from that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more wit him.” Why? Because the words of Jesus were a hard saying, who can understand it?

I would liken the quotes of ‘John of the Cross’ and John Calvin to the word of Christ… “this is a hard saying, who can understand it?”, at least for the Church in America.

“If the devil were wise enough and would stand by in silence and let the Gospel be preached, he would suffer less harm. For when there is no battle for the Gospel it rusts and it finds no cause and no occasion to show its vigor and power. Therefore, nothing better can befall the Gospel than that the world should fight it with force and cunning.” Martin Luther

Pray for our brothers and sisters who are living in the midst of this opposition to the gospel and its God.

malachi

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