Lesson Fifteen

The Lord's Supper

"What is the Importance of the Lord's Supper in My Life?"

Am I Really Eating His Body and Drinking His Blood?

There are some religions which teach that the body and blood of Christ are really consumed when they take communion, but that teaching is not scriptural.

A.   When Jesus Christ spoke of eating His flesh and drinking His blood, He was very careful to explain that He was not Speaking literally. The Bible tells us that the words Christ spoke unto them "are spirit." They were not to physically eat Him, but to spiritually "partake" of His life and death (John 6:53-63). John 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
B.   The Jews were commanded not to eat blood, for the blood is the life of the flesh (Leviticus 17:11-21). That is why the Jews were confused whith Christ's statements and they said, "This is an hard saying." they were trying to apply what Jesus had said literally and physically. They thought He was teaching them to go against Old Testament Scripture (John 6:52, 60).

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
17:12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

John 6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

C.   Would Christ teach us to be cannibalistic? And if He did teach us that, how would we eat of His body today? He is risen from the dead and ascended to the Father. There is no body available to eat.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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