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Just Eat It (Week1)

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Just Eat It! Week 1
Jr. High AM Series // July 2017
Series’ Purpose: This series is designed to point the teens to finding life by feeding on Jesus.
Base Scripture:
John 6:57 NKJV
As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
You might say, “Wait a minute, did Jesus just say to feed on Him?” Yup, that’s exactly what He said! In fact, Jesus said that this is the way to partake of life; it’s to partake of Him. Both Christians and non-Christians alike seek to find things such as happiness, fulfillment, and meaning. The truth of the matter is that these things, which you can sum up with the word life, can only be found in Christ. Not only will they be found in Christ but Jesus takes us a step further when he tells us that in order to obtain this life he speaks of, you will have to not only know about Him but actually partake of Him. See, Jesus really is the bread of life!
You might say, “Wait a minute, did Jesus just say to feed on Him?” Yup, that’s exactly what He said! In fact, Jesus said that this is the way to partake of life; it’s to partake of Him. Both Christians and non-Christians alike seek to find things such as happiness, fulfillment, and meaning. The truth of the matter is that these things, which you can sum up with the word life, can only be found in Christ. Not only will they be found in Christ but Jesus takes us a step further when he tells us that in order to obtain this life he speaks of, you will have to not only know about Him but actually partake of Him. See, Jesus really is the bread of life!
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Have you ever stopped and considered what life is all about? Maybe you took a time out and just thought about what I’ll call the “Circle of life” if you will. One day you’re born, then you learn how to walk and talk, then you go to school and learn math, English, science and before you know it you graduate high school as an 18 year old adult. Then you go to college or get a job, then you eventually get married and have children, then you grow older and retire and watch your children follow in the same footsteps and then one day you die. I’ve had friends say to me, “That’s kind of depressing, is that all there is to life?” Well, I’ve got good news and bad news. Unfortunately, that is all there is to life if you don’t have Jesus. If you have Jesus and feed on Him then you’ve got every reason to live and not just live but have true life living on the inside of you! That means, true happiness, which I like to call joy, true fulfillment and true meaning! The best part of it all is that at the end of life here on the earth, the life that Jesus gives to those who feed on Him will never die. That means you’ll continue living right on into eternity. How wonderful is that? That’s amazing!
Today I want to take a closer look at some things Jesus says about partaking of Him so we can get a better understanding of what exactly Jesus expects of us and how to obtain the life He speaks of.
Points
Week #1 | Body & Blood - “Eat my flesh, drink my blood”
Wut… I know what you’re thinking already, “Are we to be vampires or Zombies?” No!! Let’s look at how Jesus explains it.
John 6:53–55 NLT
So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
How many of you would agree that this is a hard saying? Yeah, some of you are thinking to yourself, “Did Jesus really just say that?” He did.
Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. “For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
This isn’t literal tho… we gotta look past the surface of this saying of His you will find food for your heart and food for your soul and this food will result in life!
How many of you would agree that this is a hard saying? Yeah, some of you are thinking to yourself, “Did Jesus really just say that?” He did. However, if you can look past the surface of this saying of His you will find food for your heart and food for your soul and this food will result in life!
Jesus is actually talking about His death on the cross where the Bible teaches us that His body (flesh) was broken and His blood was shed.
So when Jesus talks about eating His flesh and drinking His blood, He is talking about accepting His sacrifice for yourself and taking it into your life as you would with food.
So when Jesus talks about eating His flesh and drinking His blood, He is talking about accepting His sacrifice for yourself and taking it into your life as you would with food.
EX: We only eat food that looks & smells good, right? It’s “acceptable”
You accept what foods taste good to you. If you don’t like the taste, chances are, you’re not forcing yourself to eat it yet at this age. Then as you get older to begin to learn and realize what things are healthy for you. See, just because something tastes good doesn’t mean that it’s good for you… I could use an Amen right there lol. After you swallowed your food, your body then has to deal with the contents and makeup of the food you just ate. Much of what you ate is then distributed to your body and that’s where we came up with the saying, you are what you eat!
. Let’s think about this for a moment. As younger people what kinds of foods have you determined acceptable? Boba, In N Out, pizza, ice cream and list goes on. Ok, let me help you by summing them all up. You accept what foods taste good to you. If you don’t like the taste, chances are, you’re not forcing yourself to eat it yet at this age. Then as you get older to begin to learn and realize what things are healthy for you. See, just because something tastes good doesn’t mean that it’s good for you… I could use an Amen right there lol. After you swallowed your food, your body then has to deal with the contents and makeup of the food you just ate. Much of what you ate is then distributed to your body and that’s where we came up with the saying, you are what you eat!
Boba, In N Out, pizza, ice cream and list goes on. Ok, let me help you by summing them all up.
You accept what foods taste good to you. If you don’t like the taste, chances are, you’re not forcing yourself to eat it yet at this age.
Then as you get older to begin to learn and realize what things are healthy for you. See, just because something tastes good doesn’t mean that it’s good for you
You are what you eat! It’s the fuel that runs out lives and even feelings!
You are what you eat! It’s the fuel that runs out lives and even feelings!
Many people have suffered physically because of all the junk food they’ve eaten over the course of their lives. When Doctor’s have to get involved to help people with health issues they find out very quickly what kind of eating habits people have had. Biopsy’s have been done on people who have passed away and they have found that people who’ve eaten lots of greasy foods literally their entire insides are lined with grease. Stomach, veins and all! That’s where the saying came about, “You are what you eat.” Literally you’ll become a grease ball if that’s all you eat.
By accepting.eating BAD FOOD people get sick, diseased and DIE
Literally you’ll become a grease ball if that’s all you eat.
Well, it’s the same thing spiritually, you will become what you accept and digest. You are what you eat! This is why Jesus tells us to eat His flesh and drink His blood. He is telling us to accept His sacrifice on the cross, digest it and allow it to make the change it wants to make in you. When you eat the necessary vitamins, vegetables and fruits eat day, you will become healthy and enjoy life to its full. When you eat poorly, you become unhealthy and eventually it leads to a deterioration of your body and life.
Well, it’s the same thing spiritually, you will become what you accept and digest. You are what you eat!
This is why Jesus tells us to eat His flesh and drink His blood.
He is telling us to accept His sacrifice on the cross, digest it and allow it to make the change it wants to make in you.
When you eat the necessary vitamins, vegetables and fruits eat day, you will become healthy and enjoy life to its full. When you eat poorly, you become unhealthy and eventually it leads to a deterioration of your body and life.
So, why His flesh and why His blood? Let’s look at a few verses:
Colossians 1:21–22 NLT
This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—
Hey did you know that where there was once turmoil and hostility between you and God because of sin that now because the body of Jesus was broken there is peace!
His body was BROKEN so we could be RENEWED
Hey did you know that where there was once turmoil and hostility between you and God because of sin that now because the body of Jesus was broken there is peace! Why, because through the breaking of His body you were made holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight!
Why, because through the breaking of His body you were made holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight!
Hebrews 10:19–20 NLT
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
This is so cool, because His broken body brought us close to Him
I like this one because not only have you been made holy and pure but you now have access to the very throne of God! What is the door to the throne? The body of Jesus that was broken for you! By your acceptance of Jesus’ broken body you now have access to God’s presence!
I like this one because not only have you been made holy and pure but you now have access to the very throne of God!
like this one because not only have you been made holy and pure but you now have access to the very throne of God!
You can know God hears you, you can sense Him in worship, be assured you have access to the Lord
a. A new ownership
Ephesians 1:7 NLT
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
If you do’t belong to Jesus, you belong to Satan… right?!
No longer do you belong to yourself, the world, the devil or the sin that we once were a slave to, but now you have been purchased with the precious blood of Jesus! You are God’s property! What great value you really have!
No longer do you belong to yourself, the world, the devil or the sin that we once were a slave to, but now you have been purchased with the precious blood of Jesus!
You are God’s property - better, His FAMILY! ! What great value you really have!
This is a GAME CHANGER! His blood changes WHO we are!
Hebrews 9:14 NLT
Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.
…how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Where sin used to exercise control over you through guilt, shame and condemnation, now you have been completely cleansed so that you can now serve the living God and not the law of sin that leads to death!
Where sin used to exercise control over you through guilt, shame and condemnation, now you have been completely cleansed so that you can now serve the living God and not the law of sin that leads to death!
This is so cool, because regret adn embarrassment ar dealt with through Jesus!
If you have memories or hurt from others, His blood cleanses us!
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