As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me. John 6:57
This was a major turning point in the ministry of Jesus. He was beginning to prepare His closest followers for the real reason He had come, to lay His life down as a sin offering on a Roman cross. To the jewish mind this whole concept was unthinkable. First of all, they could never imagine Jesus actually being killed. He was bigger than life; He cured sicknesses with a touch, raised people from the dead with a word, He even fed thousands of His followers supernaturally. There was no way that could see Him being killed. Secondly, the whole eating His flesh and drinking His blood thing, this was way more than their jewish minds could bare. Many of these followers became offended and left for good. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on today’s verse.
“We live by virtue of our union with the Son of God. As God-man Mediator, the LORD Jesus lives by the self-existent Father who has sent Him, and in the same manner we live by the Savior who has quickened us. He who is the source of our life is also the sustenance of it. Living is sustained by feeding. We must support the spiritual life by spiritual food, and that spiritual food is the LORD Jesus. Not His life, or death, or offices, or work, or word alone, but Himself, as including all these. On Jesus Himself we feed. This is set forth to us in the LORD’s Supper, but it is actually enjoyed by us when we meditate upon our LORD, believe in Him with appropriating faith, take Him into ourselves by love, and assimilate Him by the power of the inner life.”
This was the whole point of why Jesus came. He came to bring us into a new relationship with Him. All along He was looking for intimacy. At the end of the day He wasn’t so concerned about healing sick bodies or feeding hungry bellies. That was His way to reach our hearts. It was our heart He was after all along. Jesus was offering more than anyone was looking for. They were looking to be cared for in this life; He came to introduce us to a whole new kind of life.