For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
Whenever we read true, it indicates that everything else is false. They’re opposites. God has created us with a void that only He can fill. Before Adam and Eve’s fall into sin, they were truly satisfied and fulfilled, having daily fellowship with their Creator.
The serpent’s bait was to instill the thought that the grass was greener on the other side. Little did Eve know that it was a disastrous deception. Since then, man has been trying to find fulfillment with “that which does not satisfy” (Isa. 55:2).
While most of man’s pursuits do satisfy for a moment, they’re short lived. Many times they leave a greater emptiness. Man is always pursuing fulfillment, but never truly finding it. He’s like a hamster on his never ending wheel.
Furthermore, when life has ended, those who’ve never turned back to God will have an everlasting longing without any hope of fulfillment: “And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame’” (Luke 16:24).
It’s in light of man’s inner void and pending condemnation that Jesus offers Himself as true food and drink. He alone can satisfy our hearts! Everything else is false and fails to lastingly fulfill us. That’s why the Bible calls sin—anything we pursue in place of God—deceitful desires (Eph. 4:22). We believe it will bring satisfaction and fulfillment, but only leaves us dissatisfied and empty.
When Jesus mentioned His flesh and blood, He referred to His life and death. He lived a righteous life and poured it out in a sacrificial death. His righteousness and blood is our salvation, which God freely gave for our everlasting enjoyment and eternal satisfaction.
Jesus stated that we should continually eat His flesh and drink His blood. That means we should continually come to Him and live in the reality of what He has accomplished and obtained. He is to be our very life. As a result, we’ll be the eternal beneficiaries of His righteousness and blood, justifying, sanctifying, and glorifying us. That is what it means to be a Christian, daily living on Him.
The Devotional Writer
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