What Jesus offers us — incredible food for the journey

Published Jun 17, 2017 at 4:00pm

Jesus says, “ I am the living bread that came down from Heaven.”

How can the greatest sign of unity always seem to create that greets amount of discord among the followers of Jesus? It is troublesome that disharmony exists even within congregations and denominations, all of whom profess to follow the same risen Christ.

The belief in the body and blood of Jesus has created controversy, even going back to the time of Jesus himself, as reflected in the Gospel
(John 6:51-58). Some who had followed Jesus up to this point will now walk away because this is simply too much to comprehend or believe.

There is no question this is a matter of deep faith.

As for believers, it is rather simple. If we believe Jesus turned water into wine and fed 5,000 if we believe Jesus raised the dead to life and rose up from the tomb himself, why would it be so hard for us, or anyone, to believe that Jesus himself is really and truly present in the breaking of bread and the sharing of the cup?

Perhaps Jesus made it too easy for us. Perhaps he should have required anyone who wanted to receive him in Communion to first walk down the aisle barefoot across burning coals or broken glass, thus experiencing great pain and proving their worthiness and true belief.

This would appear, then, to make our effort match the gift received.

My dear friends, this is not how Jesus operates. He does not exact a price, however, and that is the cost of discipleship.

There will be pain and suffering involved, not caused by him, but caused by the world in which we live.

What Jesus offers us is incredible food for the journey. Jesus offers to come literally into our very being through the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup.

This is a most awesome gift that is never to be disrespected by lack of interest or lack of belief on our part.

Either we take Jesus at his word or we do not. The most eloquent preacher in the world cannot make anyone believe Jesus meant what he said when he uttered the words: “I am the living bread that came down from Heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

Hopefully, as believers, we take him at his word.

My prayer is for a blessing for all fathers on Father’s Day. God be with all our fathers and their families.