Occupation With Christ

John 6:53-58
The subject on which I would meditate a little is wider than is suggested by the scripture read. Here we have “eating the flesh of the Son of Man, and drinking His blood” and “eating” Christ Himself, but I desire to consider the whole subject of feeding upon or occupation with Christ. Combining other scriptures with this, we are said to feed upon Christ in three characters: as the passover Lamb, as the manna, and as the old corn of the land. I scarcely need to say that all three are types of Christ. In John 6 we have Christ as the manna (John 6:32-33,48-5032Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. (John 6:32‑33)
48I am that bread of life. 49Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. (John 6:48‑50)
; and more), and a reference to Him also as the passover Lamb (compare verse 4 with verse 53). We shall have to turn to the epistles to find Him in the character which answers to the old corn of the land (Josh. 5:1111And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. (Joshua 5:11)).