Date: May 5, 2014 10:00 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Salvation By Faith Alone
Salvation By Faith Alone
"Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:54
Scripture Focus: John 6:52-58
Jesus here continues to teach His hearers what it means to follow Him. Initially they heard Him on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, where He miraculously fed more than 5,000 of them. Some followed Him across the lake the next day, hoping for more free food. What they received instead was shocking. Not only did Jesus declare Himself to be the "bread of life," He said that one had to feed on His flesh and drink His blood if they would have eternal life! You can imagine how unsettling these words were.
Athletes subject themselves to remarkable self-discipline. Achieving peak performance is their "flesh" and "blood." If you've ever committed to a sport or a race or a personal goal, you understand. What Jesus said to His hearers that day He still speaks to us: Eternal life is a gift, found in Him alone by faith alone. Our works can never save us. Yet, if we are going to follow after Him, nothing less than total, sold-out commitment to Him will do. Jesus must be our flesh and blood.
Insight: Is Jesus your greatest pursuit in life? He is the Lord, and He deserves to be.
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