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I am the bread of life. ... He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. John 6:48 & 56 NASB

If you've followed my blog for any time you may have noticed that my antenna has been up and focused on the concept of abiding. I am repeatedly drawn to the Last Discourse, John 13-17.

Last week, it was at our Good Friday service, as we took communion, the Spirit spoke in my heart as I ate the broken bread. This is what He said:

You in Me and Me in you.
You in Me and Me in you.
You in Me and Me in you.
Christ in you the hope of Glory.

And it was like Jesus lit up the dark room.

This word drew me to John 6 where Jesus started talking about the bread of life, and eating His body. I wanted to see if there was any link other than the bread between these two ideas.

The connection between John 6 and communion is pretty obvious.

So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. John 6:53

Strangely John does not record the specifics of the Jesus instituting the Lord’s Supper like the other three gospel writers. He spends a quarter of His account of the life of Jesus recounting that evening, but does not give us the ritual, the ceremony.

That’s because the ritual is a picture of the words Jesus gave us through John. Communion is simply a visual and physical reminder of the truth that Jesus was preparing the Way. The Way is the Way of abiding, of indwelling.

Communion is a demonstration that Jesus is in us and we are in Him. I was thrilled when I found the link in John 6.

He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. John 6:56-57

Do you see? He restates it this way in John 14:

In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. - John 14:20 NASB

And this way in chapter 15

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. - John 15:10 NASB

And this way in chapter 17

that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. - John 17:21 NASB

I have more to say, but time escapes me. I will be back to this again soon.

In the mean time, grab a piece of bread, and as you eat it today, hear the words of the Lover of your soul, “you in Me and I in you.”

BN Writers Page 150See you again soon,


9 thoughts on “Bread

  1. Sue C.

    The Lord has reminded me of this on different occasions. I can't help but wonder if He isn't using your post to remind me again lest I forget He abides in me, so I better shape up. lol Have a great day.

    1. Ben Nelson

      glad I could help give you a Holy Spirit poke - but seriously - i am just seeing more and more how it is the answer to everything - if you abide in Me (says He) you will ask what you will and ...

      thanks much for stopping by Sue!

  2. karen123abc

    Oh, I like this. It's so easy to get caught up in the ritual - the "how" of communion. Thanks for pointing out John's emphasis on relationship, and for your own reminder to practice abiding any time we "grab a piece of bread"!

    1. Ben Nelson

      thank you Karen. The forms and rituals are so important as long as we keep in mind the revelation they are trying to communicate.

      thanks much for stopping in and commenting - it's a blessing to me.

    1. Ben Nelson

      I seem to get stuck in a revelation for a period of time while the Lord takes the dimmer switch and ever so slowly turns up the light on it. I have no idea how much brighter it can get at this point.

      You are a huge blessing Deb. Have a great day.

  3. Tom Raines

    Awesome Ben, I have been stuck on "The Way" Jesus came to give us. I pray we fully live in John 14:20. Although we may not grasp it I pray we can dwell there. The same God, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in us...Blessings as you dwell in Him!


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