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May 11, 2008

When Jesus spoke of eating His body and drinking His blood, many people of that time thought he was talking about cannibalism. I guess if you did not understand that Jesus is the Son of God, and that by following Him and putting your trust in Him you are saved and receive eternal life, you might think just that.

I remember many years ago when I first read these versus I too had a moment of discus about the thought of eating human flesh and drinking human blood, but thankfully the spirit explained these passages to me. I believe that what is meant by eating His body and drinking His blood is that we should follow Him, believe in Him, put our entire trust in Him and live our lives by His example. His flesh and blood are His word and teaching and we should take in and digest every word. By doing so, we will have eternal life. What a wonderful promise!

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I would have to say that I’m fairly sure that people would describe me as gentle. I think Jesus was gentle most of the time. Two incidents I can think of in the Bible when He wasn’t so gentle was when He entered the temple and threw out the money changers; Matthew 21:12; “12 Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.” (NIV) Jesus was not gentle that day, and rightfully so. People were desecrating His father’s house. Another moment when I don’t think Jesus was gentle was when He rebuked Peter in Matthew 16:23; “23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." (NIV), and in Mark 8:33; 33 “But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter.”Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." I tend to like the way Mark tells this story; it shows me that Jesus was not gentle when it came to people not worshipping His father in Heaven.

Yours in Christ
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