Today’s reading is John chapter 6, in which Jesus says “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.” (John 6:47-50).
You are person made up of three parts. You have a body. You have a soul. You have a spirit. Your body you are familiar with. When we speak of the soul, we are talking about your heart, mind, conscience, will, and emotions. Your spirit is the life inside of the body … it’s the “real” you that will live on eternally. Without the physical body to house your spirit being, you would be an invisible spirit. We are all spiritual beings having a human body experience. When our human body ceases to function, the spirit person will live on eternally. The question is where will the spirit person reside.
God created humans in His image as spirit beings and gave us a human form to house our spirits and souls. He created us to have dominion over this earth. To rule the Earth, to work the Earth, to prosper upon the Earth, to live upon the Earth with Heavenly qualities and characteristics and ways of life. But, as most of us have heard the story told, sin in the Garden of Eden, separated humans from the beautiful walk with God He wanted them to have. And, as humans created more humans, sin produced more sin. It doesn’t mean that a newborn baby is mean or evil, but that as that newborn is raised, he or she is taught sin because we live in a sinful world. And, even if you turned off the TV’s and radio’s, and moved into a remote location with no social interaction, because of our inherit nature, we are still sinners before God, no matter how good or bad we think we are. There were no TV’s or radios, bad music, magazines, internet, or guns in Adam and Eve’s time, and their son Cain still killed his brother Able. Sin is simply reproduced as humans reproduce.
And, the Bible says that the result of sin in our life is death. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
We all know that without food, our physical body will die. Without salvation and spiritual food, our spirit man will die as well. And, by dying in sin, the Bible tells us that our spirits will be sent to an eternity in hell. Hell is a real place where there will there be no hope of ever having a relationship with God. There will be no hope of salvation, no light, no water, and it will last forever.
But, Jesus offers us hope and a future now. He tells us that thousands of years earlier, when God’s people were physically hungry and needed food, God sent them bread for food. He tells them that their spirits are starving and hungry for food, hungry for real and eternal life… and the food they need is Him. They need to turn to Him and accept Him and believe on Him, and then, not only will their spirits not be hungry, but their spirits will never die, meaning they will never be sent to hell.
Jesus came to this Earth for no other purpose than to die for our sins. Yes, He performed miracles. Yes, He healed sick people, and He opened blind eyes, and He healed deaf ears. He also cast out demons and spoke to the wind. But, His primary reason for coming was to die on the cross, shedding His blood for our sins. He sacrificed His life so that our spirits will never have to be separated from Him. Not now, and not eternally. Once our physical bodies cease to exist, our spirit man will live on in Heaven with Him forever.
Read John Chapter 6.