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So Jesus said again " I assure you, unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood you cannot have eternal life within you."

John 6:56 NLT

This passage of Scripture is packed with revelation. Jesus is explaining what everyone must do to have communion with Him. We must eat His flesh and drink His blood. The people Jesus was speaking directly to had strict diets. They did not digest anything with blood in it, let alone human blood. It seems that Jesus is deliberately being offensive here. It looks like He is erecting a barrier. In reading this Scripture, Jesus spoke to me. He said," What kind of people would eat flesh or drink blood? I answered with great confidence, "I don't know." After a pause, Jesus answered," People who are desperately hungry and thirsty." He added," Until you become desperate for Me, you will not even get a taste."

The Pharisees were indignant. "Why does your teacher eat with such scum?" they asked his disciples. When He heard this, He replied, "Healthy people don't need a doctor, sick people do." Then He added, "Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ' I want you to be merciful; I don't want your sacrifices' for I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough."

Matthew 9:11-13 NLT

Again in this Scripture Jesus is offensive toward the religious sect. Jesus said he came for sinners, sick folk, people who realize they need some help. People who are desperate seem to attract Jesus. Why? Well, let's look at what desperate really means. The definition of desperate is: 1) reckless because of despair, 2) nearly hopeless, and 3) extreme. The definition of despair is; to lose all hope or utter lack of hope.

Webster's Dictionary II

Here is my theory on why Jesus is attracted to desperate people. Opposites attract. Let me explain it this way, a person with an utter lack of hope. Jesus, the source of hope , the HOPE of GLORY, moves in the direction of need.

Man was hopelessly dying in sin. Jesus came and through His own death paid for the redemption of all mankind. But we must first recognize our state of hopelessness and become desperate. Our relationship with Jesus is dependant on our desperateness for Him. Please hear what I'm about to say. Spiritual contentment is an enemy of our relationship with Jesus Christ! We must stay desperate!

Jesus said," I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot or cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say,' I am rich. I have everything I want. I don't need a thing!' And you don't realize that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked."

Revelation 3:15-17 NLT

You can see in the Scripture above, Jesus requires that we stay desperate for Him. If we don't, we will be in danger of being spit out by Jesus like water with a bad taste. The people Jesus is talking about in this Scripture are deceived. They think they are OK, but they are in great need. Jesus said they are blind, they can’t see their real state of spirituality. If they don’t change, they will be removed from Christ’s Body. Folks, please listen. Jesus is not playing, He means business. We desperately need an increase of passion and love for Jesus. Jesus is coming for a Bride who loves Him and nothing else. We must die to these other desires and be completely set apart for the one we are promised to. Let’s begin to encourage, even provoke each other to rekindle our passion for Jesus. Remember, we have the Holy Spirit here to help us. Please join with me as I ask for help.

Holy Spirit Give me the same attitude and heart that David has in Psalms 42:1

“ As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you O God.” Amen
Thanks for that. I have read that so many times (about the flesh and blood) and I've never seen that. In fact my daughter and I had been talking about it last weekend and I got stumped on it, although it was not in the same context. This passage has always been something I took for granted as symbolizism in it's deepest meaning (of a different kind). I never ever was revealed that until now, by you. It's just such a wonderful confirmation of the awesomeness of God's living Word. I love it. .......jmh137
Thanks Jiggy .... I missed that when you posted . That was a great point in the beggining , about being hungry and thirsty ! Very good . I will preach it like I made it up myself ! lol GBU Mike
When I saw the title "desperate" i remebered the song that goes " I M DESPERATE FOR YOU". When we get that hungry for Jesus we will seek Him will our whole heart and He will come and meets our need.