"As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.John 6:57(NASB)
Adam, the progenitor of the human race sinned against the living God and fellowship with his Creator was broken forever. Fallen man was eternally separated from God by sin, but in His omniscience.. God knew of man's ruinous choice, and so before the foundation of the world He planned to give His dearly beloved Son.. to be the only acceptable ransom for the sin of the world. And so when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, into the world - so that the world through His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection might be saved.
The unbroken fellowship and eternal bond of love that exists between the Father and the Son was to be broken for the first time, at that pivotal point in history, when as perfect Son of Man - Jesus, our kinsman-Redeemer, was to pay the purchase price for the sin of the whole world.
At the appointed time Christ was sent into world. His Father had prepared a body for Him, and so the Seed of the woman was born of Mary, from the tribe of Judah and the lineage of the house of David. He grew in stature and in favour with God and man - but He was born to die, and so throughout His earthly life He walked in spirit and truth, in-dwelt by the Holy Ghost - only saying and doing only those things that He heard from His Father in heaven. Throughout His earthly life Christ's face was set as a flint to His eternal destiny - and the cross drew ever closer.
The first creation IN-ADAM had failed through sin, but the second creation IN-CHRIST was to be brought into being through the life, death the resurrection of God's only begotten Son. He was tempted in the same way that we are tempted, but no sin was to be found in Him. And as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted the perfect Son of Man to have life in Himself too.
In Him therefore was LIFE and that life was to be imputed to ALL who would trust in His name for salvation. This new-LIFE-in Christ was to be breathed into all who would believe in Jesus as their Saviour. God planned in eternity past that whosoever believes in Him by faith.. was to become part of a new creation in Christ - (by means of 'eating' of His flesh and 'drinking' of His blood) and those that were reborn as part of that new creation In-Christ.. would also LIVE because of Him. Whoever was to believe in Him was to become 'bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh' - a member of His Body, His Bride -His Church.
And as the living God sent the eternal Son into the world to live a life of total dependence upon His heavenly Father.. so, through the power of the indwelling Holy Ghost by faith, we too are sent into the word by Jesus - to live a life of total dependence upon HIM.. by faith, and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
When the Lord spoke of eating His flesh and drinking His blood to the unbelieving scribes and hypocritical Pharisees in this passage, He was pointing them to the cross - where His body was soon to be broken for them, and His life blood was soon to be poured out.. so that whosever believes in HIM by faith might be saved and LIVE - for whoever eats of Christ's broken body and drinks of His shed blood-by faith, is saved.. placed IN-Christ and abiding in Him forever - and He is us.
When the sacrificial offering of Christ on the cross is believed by faith, His resurrected life is imparted to ALL who trust in Him as their substitute for sin - which is why the Lord Jesus said.. as the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, will also live because of Me
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus into the world to be broken for me on the cross.. and to shed His life-blood, so that by faith I might LIVE and be imparted with His eternal, resurrected LIFE. Thank You that I am part of that new creation In-Christ simply by partaking of the Living Bread by faith. To You be all praise and glory, AMEN.