x200....Hey Jesus--How Can we Get into Ministry??
People who were following Jesus asked Him in John chapter 6, how they could get into ministry--and He gave the strangest answer---
26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. 28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. 30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? 31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 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. 36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. 37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. 42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? 43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 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. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. 59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve. (John 6:26-71, KJV).
The people ask Jesus--28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? They are asking Him--How can we get into ministry--how can we work the works of God--how can we do the miracles that you do and serve God in the same way that you do? Jesus' answer seems kind of strange--He tells them that they should eat His flesh and drink His blood--that His flesh is "meat indeed"--and is "bread" that gives life.
What is Jesus saying?. First of all He is telling them that He is going to bring salvation to the world. He is going to be "the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world" Jesus is going to be the offering for all sin for all mankind. His offering for sin is completely related to the Old Covenant offering for sin. Israel needed by the command of God to make blood and flesh offerings, as well as offerings which came from their crops.
It is also related to the Passover--when Israel was being held captive by Egypt. God told Israel to take a pure lamb--and slay the lamb--place the blood on the doorpost as a sign that they were His people---God was sending the angel of death to kill all the first born in Egypt--the blood protected them from death---And also on that night they were told to eat unleavened bread--they did not have time to let the bread rise---they were about to be set free from captivity.
This was one of the most important feasts of Israel--it represented Gods salvation for them. Jesus was stating the fact that He was now to be the new sacrifice--the new offering for sin. He was to become the lamb of God--the bread of life--He was to spill the blood that cleanses us from sin. the blood that saves.
But why did He tell the people who asked him "how to get into ministry"--how to "works the works of God"---that they must eat His flesh--and to eat Him as bread? Jesus was speaking to Jews who were living in the old covenant--and still carrying on the old covenant instructions with regard to sin offerings.What Jesus was saying, and what was experientially obvious to the Jews of that day and time, was that there were only certain people who could eat the bread and the meat of the sacrifice. Only the priests of the old covenant--only those who ministered to God--only those who were permitted to be ministers--to serve God--were allowed to eat the meat of the sacrifice---the Levites.......
28 And it shall be Aaron's and his sons' by a statute for ever from the children of Israel: for it is an heave offering: and it shall be an heave offering from the children of Israel of the sacrifice of their peace offerings, even their heave offering unto the LORD. 29* And the holy garments of Aaron shall be his sons' after him, to be anointed therein, and to be consecrated in them. 30* And that son that is priest in his stead shall put them on seven days, when he cometh into the tabernacle of the congregation to minister in the holy place. 31 And thou shalt take the ram of the consecration, and seethe his flesh in the holy place. 32 And Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 33* And they shall eat those things wherewith the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy. (Exodus 29)
Only Aaron and his sons could eat the sacrificial bread and meat. Jesus was now saying that anyone who eats of His flesh and takes Him as bread--are now priests unto God--ministers.
"And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
(Revelation 1:6, KJV).
"And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."
(Revelation 5:10, KJV).
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."
(Revelation 20:6, KJV).