Who’s Eating Jesus?

John 6:56,60-64 WEB

He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him. [60] Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?” [61] But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? [62] Then what if you would see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? [63] It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life. [64] But there are some of you who don’t believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who didn’t believe, and who it was who would betray him.

What in the world? One moment Jesus is telling us to eat his flesh, and the next moment he says the flesh profits nothing. I’m not sure why I would eat something that does not benefit me. Unless of course, Jesus’ flesh is no more profitable than anyone else’s flesh. What Jesus did with his flesh was profitable. However, the flesh itself, Jesus’ flesh, Jesus’ humanity, apart from his godly choices has no spiritual value.

The flesh has no value because it is the Spirit that gives life (Rom 8:1). The flesh is death (Rom 8:6). What we can do apart from God has no value (Acts 20:24). Our flesh profits nothing. More, our talents and skills are worthless in the sight of God apart from his Holy Spirit (Acts 8:9). Are you an amazing singer? Are you an amazing accountant? Commit your talent to God and let him confiscate your life (1 Chr 9:33). Turn over the pride of the flesh for true life in the Spirit (Phi 3:3).

If we are spiritually dead and walking in the flesh, we are disobedient when we feel like being disobedient (2 Cor 10:3-5). The one who believes God obeys him (Mat 28:19), and the one who does not believe God does not obey (John 3:36). Monitoring our own obedience can tell us about our spiritual condition (Rom 6:16). Behaviors such as speeding with your vehicle (1 Pe 2:14-15) and gossip (2 Cor 12:20-21) indicate a rebellious spirit. They are of the flesh and profit nothing.

Lord Jesus, please forgive me for being selfish with my talents and skills. Please forgive me for making light of sinful behaviors. Lord, I want you to call me a believer, not a sinner. I want to show my belief with a new level of obedience. Please help my heart humble before you and help me repent of disobedience that I may walk in the Spirit. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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