Eating the Light

Well, I thought I had heard and seen everything, but ‘Eating the Light’ may be new.  The Bible is full of symbolism, allegories, parables, and other things meant to help us understand those things in the Spirit world.  Some of these things are easy to understand, and some are a bit hard.

Let’s start with a Bible passage that is familiar to millions of people – The Lord’s Prayer.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, which only lasted a little over three years, His disciples (the twelve) asked Him to teach them how to pray.  Jesus’ response was what we now know as The Lord’s Prayer.  There is much in this prayer, but I only want to look at the phrase – give us this day our daily bread.

It is plain we need food to continue to live.  It is also clear bread plays a vital role in most people’s life.  It is sometimes referred to as the ‘staff of life’.  In nearly every setting where Jesus is either eating or creating food, bread is involved.

But, bread holds another meaning, too.  In John 6:35 Jesus said, “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

When we eat something it becomes part of us.  Our body breaks it down and delivers the broken portions to the cells throughout the body.  In short, what we eat becomes part of us.  Now some of the scripture begins to make more sense.

John 6:33 – “For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.”

So, how are we to eat this bread?

Here we see another allegory, partially explained or presented in John 6:51 – “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

Obviously, eating His flesh is a hard concept, until we understand what He is talking about.  Jesus came in the flesh, and died in the flesh, in order to destroy the works of the devil and to purchase salvation for man (this term includes men, women, children).  So, by taking Jesus into our lives (by eating His flesh) we purchase for ourselves life, or rather, life eternal.  Earthly bread will give us earthly life, while heavenly bread will give us spiritual, or eternal life.

So, going back a bit to The Lord’s Prayer, it becomes clear He is not just talking about food here, but we should daily eat of the spiritual bread, too.  For, without both, we die.  Luke 4:4 – “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

But, are we talking about just the written and spoken word of God here?  What is the Word of God?  Isn’t that the Bible?  Well, yes, it is, but it is also more than that.  The first three verses of the Book of John tell us much – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

But, it is not until we read verse 14 of this chapter that John begins to tie things together, and we get a truer picture of the Word –  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

The Word was made flesh.  So, when He asks us to eat His flesh, He is not talking about an earthly thing here, but a spiritual one.  Eating the Word.  Why would He use the term ‘eating’, instead of just hearing.  Because not everything you hear becomes a part of you, but everything you eat does become a part of you.  So, in short, Jesus is saying “Hear what I have to say, and let it become a part of you.”

But, the first chapter of John says more.

John 1:4-5 – “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

He was life.  Not just that He gives life, but He is life.  Many see Jesus as the giver of life, but they fail to see the further truth that he is not just the giver, but He is life itself.  When He gives life, He is giving of Himself.  This concept is described to us in John 5:26 – “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;”  This simple phrase of 20 words is very profound and mostly missed or passed over by the Christian family.  This concept of ‘life in himself’ signifies something much greater than simply being alive.  It is the ability to live and never die, and not only that, but the ability to give life to others so they will never die.  In short, it is the source, the well-spring, of life itself.  It is where life originates.

This life was described as light.  Not that He was like light, but He was light.

Now we come full circle, and certainly the title of this short posting should make a bit more sense than when you started.  Yes, we can eat the Light.  For Jesus is the Light.  He is also the Bread that came down from heaven.  The Bread that is the Word of God.  And we know man shall not live by bread alone, but every Word of God.  And we are instructed to ask the Father for our daily bread.

One Response to “Eating the Light”

  1. beamcguire@gmail.com Says:

    Wow! This is a great blog! Talk about good food for thought….this is it! Gives new meaning to the Lord’s prayer also. I will remember this blog! You are a true blessing. Keep writing…… 🙂

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