1. Jesus explains He is like the mana that came from heaven
- This was a test of trust, faith and obedience.
- The people had to depend on God every day for physical life
- Everyone had a daily, personal experience of God acting
- Result was teambuilding – God formed them into a Nation
- They were connected to God emotionally through faith
- Jesus is using mana to explain how belief and dependence on His sacrificial death for the sins of all people, created a new way for spiritual cleansing and leads to eternal spiritual life
- The ‘coming down from heaven’ is critical – an ordinary man could not die for the sins of another – impure offering
- People always eventually rebelled against God, became spiritually polluted and could not develop a holy spiritual life
- Bad news is that when someone dies they may not have a personal, holy spiritual life that can survive in the divine presence – they are sadly just dead
- Belief in the divinity of Jesus – could pay for the sins of all
- Belief in the Resurrection – God raised Him as a sign for us
- Belief – and practice of repenting, confessing and taking our sins to the Cross of Jesus and asking for forgiveness
- Forgiveness removes our spiritual pollution, creates a holy place for the Holy Spirit in us and brings our spirit to life
- Holy Spirit guides our spiritual life, convicts us and heals us
- Holy Spirit connects us to Jesus – live spiritually in-Christ
- Apostle Paul reminds us to feed on Jesus through experiences of the Holy Spirit – giving thanks, singing praise
He is obviously pointing to the Last Supper and what liturgical churches call the “sacrament” of Holy Communion (Eucharist or The Celebration). The Roman Catholic Church – which is the root church of Christianity has historically defined who was a Christian by who was present at Mass and received the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion.
· Service includes Bible Readings, Teaching, a Creed and prayers over bread and wine which summarize what Jesus does for believers – who say “Amen” to affirm their belief.
· Bread and wine are offered to God who is asked to send the Holy Spirit to be present in the bread and wine
· Parallels ancient religious practice of offering food and wine to a pagan god and assuming it has become part of that god
· The bread and wine was then consumed by worshipers who assumed the god is now living spiritually in them