Eternal Food

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh."
JOHN 6:51
Eternal Food
Christ wanted to avert our harm and doom by... exhorting us to turn our attention to the eternal food [that is, the Gospel], for this food does not perish. But if it is taken away, you must die forever. How eagerly you should strive for this food and not despise it but esteem it above everything as an enduring food that gives eternal life! You must go in quest of this food; for when the perishable food vanishes, you will be saved forever and have eternal life. The disciples of the Gospel are such as seek this eternal food and these eternal possessions. St. Peter and the dear apostles, as well as other pious Christians, understood and remembered this sermon well. Thus St. Peter exclaimed . . .."You have the words of eternal life" (John 6:68), that is, words that give eternal life.

From Sermons on the Gospel of John, Chapters 6-8 (Luther's Works 23:9-10)
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