From the Well - 8/23/2018


John 6:55-69 (NRSV) 
55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever." 59 He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. 60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?" 61 But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, "Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But among you there are some who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. 65 And he said, "For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father." 66 Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67 So Jesus asked the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?" 68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."

The great Methodist missionary and theologian, E. Stanley Jones, tells of a missionary who was lost in the jungle. There was nothing around him but bush and a few cleared places. After wondering in circles for many hours, he eventually came to a clearing where there was a native hut. He asked the man living in the hut if he could show him the way out of the jungle. The native said that he could. "Very good," said the missionary. "Please show me the way."

The native said, "walk," so they walked and hacked their way through the unmarked jungle for more than an hour. The missionary started to worry if the native man knew where he was going so he asked, "are you quite sure this is the way? Where is the path?" The native said, "Bwana, in this place there is no path. I am the path." [1]

Jesus said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." He also said, "I am the Light, I am the Good Shepherd, and I am The Way, The Truth, and life." When we ask for direction and turn our hearts over to Christ, we soon learn that He is The Path, the path that we need to take. Think about it.


[1]As told in Homiletics, "Dome on the Range," August 2006, 71.