Jesus Himself , is the only answer to our ills, Jesus is Pure Life and He loves with such an intense love, that He humbly offers His own Flesh and Blood so that we will have Life to the full.
Which is received thgrough faith - not works or merit
" Without Me you can do nothing "
This verse has nothing to do with this dicussion,
" If the Lord does not build the house then in vain do the builders labor "
Ditto - written many centuries before the ministry of Jesus.
" He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood abides in Me, and I in Him "
As previously stated - eat and drink are figures for the commitment of faith,
Jesus builds a home in us and abides in us when we receive His Body and Blood.
He comes to us when we believe - not when we participate in a religious practice.
" It is no longer I that live , but Christ who lives in me "
Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit - not obsevance of the church.
" Unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood , you shall have no life in you. "
The Joy of receiving " The Bread of Life " , I can not tell you .
I received Jesus when I was 10. He is always with me. It is great joy.
Jesus is such Love that it almost tears the fabric of the soul, so I ask you as my brothers and sisters , do not go hungry , but eat and drink .
His love is revealed in the Cross. It is also revealed in His willingness to save
Romans 5:6-11 6
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7
(For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) 8
But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9
Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous
by his blood,
we will be saved through him from God’s wrath. 10
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life? 11
only this, but we also rejoice
in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation. Context (NET)
"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." Gal 5:6b
Pastor John C. Blackburn