Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:53-54)
In our past studies, we saw the importance of revelation knowledge and how important it is to have it for our Bible studies. We saw how deep Jesus took his disciples when teaching the word. He was sharing a new dimension and a new level. Up to now, they were happy. Jesus was performing signs, wonders and feeding the multitude. Now, this was different. Jesus was going to go deep in his teachings,
Jesus shared about eating his flesh and drinking his blood. Now, to us, when we hear this, we think of communion. No biggie. Just a cracker and grape juice. You may ask–What’s the big deal? First, let’s go back in time and imagine ourselves with his disciples. If you were brought up in the Jewish tradition and you heard the words–Eating my flesh and drinking his blood, what’s the first thing in your mind? This man is into cannibalism.
Some may have thought that he was crazy. Others thought, if he wants us to eat his flesh and drink his blood, what will he do with us? Their traditions taught that cannibalism and drinking human blood was strictly forbidden. They had a choice to make—leave Jesus because he was talking crazy and go back to the law or stay with him. It’s no wonder that many were offended because of his teachings. Out of the 70 disciples, 12 stayed with him.
Those 12 knew better. The whole picture was not, yet, revealed to the disciples, but they knew that somewhere, somehow there was an analogy and a deeper level of revelation knowledge. Revelation knowledge can bless you , but it will cause the following —-
1-Cause you to be misunderstood- -They thought that Jesus was going crazy and misleading his disciples.
2-Cause a shakeup in your ministry–More than half of his disciples left him, aside from the multitude that followed him because his miracles.
I know that I was reviewing our last lesson on communion, but I wanted to share the pros and cons. When God starts to reveal deeper revelations of the word, you can’t look at the people or situations around you. Look unto Jesus and you will not be disappointed.
Scripture reading–John 6:48-68
Prayer–Lord, thank you for speaking to me. Help me to count the cost when you give me revelation knowledge. I thank you that I am your sheep and I hear your voice. Lord, help me to discern from what is your word and what is not. Reveal to me in this day, your good and perfect will for me. In Jesus name. Amen.
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