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John 6:56-69

Abiding in Jesus

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John 6:56-69

Abiding in Jesus

By Dr. Dan Wuori

I’ve got a new word for you today – “abide.” That might not be a word you’ve heard before. To abide means to stay or remain with something.

When you are a family, you abide with one another don’t you? You are so special to your parents that you will always be a special part of them – and they will be a special part of you. You will abide with one another your entire lives. Even when you are a grown up yourself, you will have that special connection to your mom and dad.

In today’s gospel story Jesus is, once again, comparing himself to bread – and speaking of our communion in him. He tells the disciples that those who eat his flesh and drink his blood – what we do at communion – will abide in him forever.

Isn’t that interesting? Notice that he didn’t say that he would abide (or stay) with him…but rather that we will abide in him. When we take Jesus’ teachings into our hearts, he’s not just a part of our lives (like a friend who’s always nearby) – he becomes a part of us and we becomes a part of him. This way Jesus is alive within each of us.

Listen carefully today and see if you can spot when Jesus uses that word – abide.

Can we pray?

Dear God,

Our connection to you is so strong. We abide in you and you in us.


Copyright 2009, Dr. Dan Wuori. Used by permission.