What we eat, determines how well we can see. Our eyes depend upon us to take in the proper nutrients in order to allow our optic nerve, retina, and other parts of the eye, to function properly.
In the same way, our ability to see what is true and wise in life, will depend upon what we eat, spiritually.
Jesus said that He is “The Bread of Life.”
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. —John 6:35
The hunger and thirst that a human being feels, can never be truly satisfied by anything that is in this world. We were made to be loved. We were made to know God, who loves us so intensely that He was willing to die for us, in order to rescue us.
Jesus said that unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we do not have eternal life.
Jesus used the specifics of His flesh as the Bread of Life that we must partake of, and His blood that was poured out for our sins, to illustrate what new spiritual life is really all about.
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” —Matthew 26:27-28
For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. —John 6:55
The difficulty for the hearers of Jesus’ teaching was in their misunderstanding of the spiritual meaning behind the words: eat my flesh and drink my blood. Many listeners heard only the physical act of eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking His blood.
Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” —John 6:53
When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you?” —John 6:61
Most of the illustrations that Jesus spoke in the presence of larger crowds of people were veiled in parables or allegory. When the Lord spoke privately to those who had already received Him as the Messiah, He spoke plainly and directly to the point. Why Jesus hid the true meaning of His teaching to large assemblies is certainly important. In a large crowd, many would come just to see what all the activity was all about. Others had heard that Jesus was giving out food, healing, or performing miracles. Some came simply for the spectacle; others to get something. There were, however, a few who were looking for truth.
Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” —John 6:5
Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” —John 6:26-27
A majority of those who came to hear Jesus speak came only for what He would give them. To those who were physically hungry, Jesus did not deny them; He provided food for their bodies. To those who were spiritually hungry for meaning and purpose in their life, Jesus had much more to offer, if they were honestly seeking Him.
The person who sincerely wants to know God and is searching for Him with all of their heart, He promised to reveal Himself.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. —Jeremiah 29:13
When Solomon wrote the Proverbs, he described the search for wisdom as the greatest quest of all. Since the treasury of all wisdom resides in the eternal mind of God, our searching for truth should always bring us to the feet of our Creator.
(Solomon describing wisdom’s response to our searching) I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me. —Proverbs 8:17
Only you and God know what is truly in your heart. If you are in pursuit of the true meaning for life, and your journey has brought you to Jesus, then you have arrived at the true source for all wisdom and knowledge.
Jesus… in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. —Colossians 2:3
In order to appropriate these things for yourself, an expression of your desire must be made personally to God. He knows the difference between sincerity and fraud. If your heart longs to know if there is a God and should there be, you would like to know Him, then He has promised to reveal Himself to you.
The eternal life that He has guaranteed us, exists in the life, death, and resurrection of God’s Son. If you have read the 33 prophecies previous to this, then the Gospel of God’s Son has already been carefully explained. Here in this 34th prophecy, we learn how to appropriate these principle in our own life, and make use of the sacrifice that the Son of God has made for us.
What did Jesus really mean?
You must take Jesus into your innermost being and make a relationship with Him deeply personal. Whatever we eat, becomes a part of us. Every atom of the food we eat, becomes a part of every cell in our body. We must partake of Jesus and allow Him to become every part of our life, if we are going to truly know Him. To the ancient Hebrews, partaking of a meal together was one of the most intimate things that a human being could do. They believed that while they were all eating the same food, the elements of this food became a part of them. Since they were partaking together, they were all becoming one. By the genuineness of your own sincerity, God will reveal Himself to you and give to you eternal life and the forgiveness of your sins, if you come seeking Him with all of your heart.
This is what Jesus meant when He spoke to the crowds of people and the religious leaders of Israel who had come to Him. By stating that a person must eat His flesh and drink His blood, those who had not come in search of spiritual truth would walk away in disgust. Those who were looking for God with all of their heart would hear the words that Jesus spoke and then carefully consider what He was really saying.
We are what we eat
If we eat only the things of the world, and we do not consider that we are also spiritual beings, requiring spiritual food, then the most important part of us will die. The genuine you is your spirit. Without a living spirit within, you are just a body, without the ability to perceive the true meaning and purpose of life.
When a person feasts upon the words of God and more specifically, takes into their life, the living Jesus, they become aware of things that are hidden from the rest of the world.
The preceding is from the 34th prophecy, in the book: “The Prophecies of the Messiah,” by Robert Clifton Robinson