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Liberation Square 09-05-2022

So the Judeans were arguing concerning him (Jesus, c. AD 30) in that he said, “I myself am the bread that descended from the sky.” and they were stating, “Is this one not Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we ourselves have discerned? How does he right now state, ‘I have descended from the sky’?” (John 6: 41 – own translation) 
The large crowd in Liberation Square was led in prayer and Scripture reading. The prayers were expressed as being ‘through Jesus Christ Our Lord’. But, like the Judeans in AD 30 on their Liberation Day, did the crowd think that this man can’t have, and didn’t, descend from the sky? Or didn’t care either way.

Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not argue with one another!  No one is able to come towards me if the Father who sent me may not draw him and I will raise him up in the last day.

If Jesus had been there (as he was in AD 30, maybe he would have given us in the Square this explanation (immediately above) for our own decision to avoid his name. The fact is that we’re unable to come towards Jesus unless his Father draws us. Period. 

“It is – and has been - written in the prophets, ‘And everyone will be taught of God’. Everyone, having heard from the Father and having learned, does come towards me - not in that anyone has discerned the Father except the one being from God—this one has discerned the Father.”

Those in the great crowd there in AD 30 might well have said (as Jesus suggested above), ‘No, you’re wrong. God teaches everybody. It says so in the Bible.’ But Jesus would have none of that nonsense. He said, in effect, ‘If anyone has truly heard from my Father in the Bible, that one will come to me, not because they have seen the Father but because they’ve seen me – in what was written.’ I think he would have said the same in the Royal Square.

“Amen, amen I state to you, the one believing has eternal life. I myself am the bread of the life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and they died. This is the bread descending from the sky in order that anyone may eat out of it and may not die. I myself am the living bread that descended from the sky. If anyone may eat out of this bread, he will live into eternity and in fact the bread that I myself will give on behalf of the life of the world is my flesh.”

Back there in AD 30, those listening to this man Jesus Christ were themselves recalling their ‘Liberation’ centuries earlier. They had been slaves in Egypt up until around BC 1350 and, upon their release, they were fed in the barren desert with “bread from the sky” – manna.

There in AD 30, Jesus told them that this ancient “bread” was a sign pointing to him as the ultimate ‘bread of life.’ The manna foretold his coming and his giving away of his human life by taking upon himself the punishment (up to and including the suffering of the cruellest death then devised) for the sins of those whom the Father would draw to him.

“For the life of the world” he would give “his flesh”. Folk heard that – there in AD 30. Maybe, in AD 2022, we seek ‘life’ now and not ‘life’ everlasting?
So the Judeans were arguing towards themselves, stating, “How is this one able to give us his flesh to eat?” 

Good question. They would find out some weeks later after they had put him to death and heard why he and the Father had purposed that beforehand. They needed to take him – and his resurrection life - inside themselves.

So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen I state to you, unless you may eat the flesh of the Son of Man and may drink his blood, you do not have life in yourselves. The one consuming my flesh and drinking my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up in the last day. Because my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. The one consuming my flesh and drinking my blood stays in me; and I in him.” 

The fact is that it’s no use whatsoever pretending that you worship “God” unless you take Jesus within yourself and live on and in him, doing his will, in his way. As Jesus stated, “Staying in me …”  and “I, staying in you.”

“Just as he sent me out, the living Father, and I am living through the Father so the one consuming me— that one will live through me. This is the bread that descended from sky, not just as the fathers ate and died. The one consuming this bread will live into eternity.” 

Sinner Syvret

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