John 6:52-59

Talks for Growing Christians

The Jews Take Offense to Christ’s Word in the Bread of Life Discourse

John 6:52-59

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Lesson Number 29

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. To partake of Christ’s body and blood is the key to salvation.
  2. To partake of Christ’s body and blood is the key to sanctification.

Practical Application

  1. Expect to be misunderstood by unbelievers.


  1. Why were the Jews quarreling?
  2. How did the Lord answer their argument?
  3. Why did Christ use this imagery that was offensive to the Jews?
  4. Does partaking of the Lord’s Supper give you eternal life?
  5. Define, “sanctification.”
  6. How does one become sanctified?
  7. Who can live forever?


  1. They were arguing over the meaning of the Lord’s statement in John 6:51. They wondered how Jesus could give them flesh to eat.
  2. By amplifying His statement (John 6:53). He was saying that if they didn’t eat of His flesh and drink of His blood, they had no life.
  3. To convey the kind of believing that He meant. When one eats or drinks something it becomes a part of him, and he must do it himself. No one can do it for another. This is the key to salvation.
  4. No. The Lord’s Supper is for those who already believe.
  5. To be set aside for God’s holy use.
  6. By feeding continually on Christ by reading and meditating on His word.
  7. Those who eat this bread (John 6:58)


  1. Have you partaken of Christ’s body and blood? Are you saved? Are you sanctified?
  2. Have you ever been misunderstood by unbelievers? If so, have you been scared off or do you keep on sharing the gospel?


  1. Are you spending quality time in reading the Scriptures, meditating on them, and asking the Lord to direct your life daily?

Key Verses

  • “Jesus said, ‘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.’” John 6:53-54

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