The Words of In Jin Moon from 2011
Thank you so much for coming to celebrate this beautiful Sunday with all of us here at Lovin' Life. We're delighted to have you with us this morning. What did you think about the end of the world? I was talking to somebody this morning about the really exciting event we had sharing such an intimate time with our True Parents. I told one brother, "Do you realize that on the day prophesied to be the end of the world, we could not only listen to the words of the Lord of the Second Advent, the Messiah, whom we call our True Parent, but we all had the opportunity in the evening to dine intimately with our True Parents?
I often joke to brothers and sisters that all of us living at this time of the breaking news when our True Parents are walking the walk with us every day, are like lottery winners in that we have won the greatest jackpot of being allowed to live at the same time as our True Parents. But on top of that, we are privileged to have been invited to dine with them.
Most us as citizens of this great country of America, if we were to receive two tickets to the White House to dine with President Obama, would be thinking, $10,000 a plate or $15,000 a plate. Of course we would pay it just to spend that evening with the president of the United States.
Now think about what just took place last night. Not only was it something better than the president of the United States -- you're talking about dining with the True Parents of humankind, and that is priceless -- but yesterday will be a day that we will talk to our children and grandchildren about for many years to come. May 21, 2011, was the day the world was supposed to end. It was the predicted doomsday that some people were all afraid of, the day the Second Coming was to appear.
Not only did the Second Coming appear, he talked with us. He laughed with us. He grew tearful with us. And as our Parent, he gave of himself to all of us, and then stood together with his beautiful wife, the True Mother of humankind, permitting us to witness the physical manifestation of what it would be like to have God in our lives every day.
Starting our new day after yesterday's "end of the world," we are reminded that rebirth comes about when something dies. So think about how profound it is that our True Father has decided on this town, the city of Las Vegas, as the town of rebirth and regeneration. The world as we knew it ended according to some of the biblical scholars. But we know that it's not the physical end. It's really the beginning of the spiritual rebirth, or the regeneration that is going to take place if we unite heart and spirit together with our True Parents.
Think about yesterday as being a culmination of this grand Founder's European tour of 2011, which started in the beautiful city of Seoul, Korea. Our Heavenly Parent wants us to inherit the true love of God and the true heart to understand the soul of God. How interesting that the capital city in Korea is called Seoul. So the tour started from God's soul; God took us along with our True Parents through the different countries of Europe; and the tour ended in beautiful Las Vegas, which is known as the modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah. Las Vegas is a place where huge advertisements play on the theme of "Whatever happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. You can do whatever you want and we will keep your secrets."
But our True Parents come to liberate this city from itself, from the way people perceive it -- as the city of sin. The whole image or past understanding of Las Vegas will be cast aside as our True Parents continue to proclaim who they are, just as they did yesterday to all of us. Thus we can start a brand-new era when we know that by standing together with our True Parents we can live every day as their sons and daughters. What is more beautiful than to do it in a city, Las Vegas, named after the brightest star in the constellation of Lyra:Vega. Las Vegas comes from the word vega. [Actually "Las Vegas" is Spanish for "The Meadows"]
What our Heavenly Parent is trying to tell us through this beautiful European tour is "Inherit the heart of God. Inherit, understand, live, and substantiate not only true love and true life, but also the true lineage of God." And, "Understanding and embracing the heart and soul of God, take it and share it with all my children around the world -- all our brothers and sisters -- because we are one family. Take that message to the brightest star that waits for us in the parched desert land of Nevada, and through our True Parents, share and partake of the living water of life and truth that they want, with our help, to share with all of America."
The end of the world that we got to spend together with our True Parents can signal the beginning of something truly wonderful and monumental, if we understand the importance and profundity of the time we're living in and we commit ourselves to walking this path united in heart and soul with our True Parents.
In the Good Book, Jesus tells us clearly in John 6:29, "This is the work that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent." So what is Jesus talking about here? He is asking all of us to do this work.
And why has it been work? Why is believing in the one whom God has sent to us such hard work for a lot of the children of God? It became work; it became arduous and difficult, requiring a whole lot of effort, because Adam and Eve fell away from God. Instead of growing up in the embrace and love of God, living their lives as an eternal son and daughter, coming together in holy matrimony, and building an ideal family, they became the children of Satan because they fell away from God.
Therefore, the work that all humanity has had to do in order to reconnect ourselves to the heart and soul of God has been an extremely difficult task. Understanding this point, God is telling His and Her children through Jesus Christ, this is the work that I have for you. It's going to be work. But the kind of work that I would like you to do is to be in service, living the life of living for the sake of others thinking of others before yourself.
What else does Jesus say? Jesus compels all of us to believe in the one whom God has sent to us. When we take a moment to ponder the meaning of this word believe, it is a commandment from God through Jesus Christ to all of us. We have to believe in the one whom God has sent us.
Brothers and sisters, the persons our Heavenly Parent has sent us at the time of the breaking news are our True Parents. The Bible is telling us to believe in our True Parents. If we ask ourselves the question, "How do we go about applying this belief -- believing in our True Parents in our daily lives?" I think there are a couple of points we need to keep in mind.
When you believe in somebody, you are giving them your trust. This is number One: when you believe in somebody, you have to trust that person. When you read Father's speeches in Cheon Seong Gyeong, you find that he talks about how in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven we as the children of God must maintain the innocent, pure, and unadulterated heart of a child.
What does Father mean by that? We need to trust our parents in the same way that our own beautiful sons and daughters trust us when they reach the age of two or three and we don't have to teach them at all. They do so naturally, instinctively, wantingly. But because humanity fell away from God, loving God has become an arduous task requiring us to make the effort to reconnect with and trust God.
What Heavenly Parent is hoping for, and asking and pushing all of us to do, is to maintain this childlike, innocent trust in the Lord, our True Parents, to let go of all the fears and insecurities that may arise in our daily life as we tackle the many issues of running a household in this modern era. We can have so many fears and insecurities, perhaps as parents, or as children, or as spouses. When our Heavenly Parent asks us to believe, he is asking us to trust in the Lord, to trust in our Heavenly Parent.
This reminds me of an incident I experienced in Boston. Because I am home-schooling my kids, I usually have had one or two Japanese sisters coming over from Japan, learning English, going to school, but also helping me take care of my children. There was one beautiful, petite Japanese sister who had huge eyes. Whenever I talked to her, I always noticed her eyes. She didn't speak any English, she was in a foreign country, and everything startled her. A little noise…"Ooooh." "Hiromi-san"…"Ooooh." "Can you do this?"…"Oooh." That was her initial reply.
When she first came to my house to work with the children, I took one look at her and said, "Oh my goodness, she looks petrified. She is so scared of the world; she doesn't know what to do." I asked her, "What do you hope to get out of your stay with me in Boston?" Of course we needed a translator in the beginning, but she said, "I really hope to become close to the True Family. But the next important thing I would like to do is learn how to drive."
When she said this to me, I wondered if this petite sister could even reach the pedals in the car. But she was so afraid of everything, I could not see how she was going to manage driving a car and driving my kids to the different classes they had. But since she was adamant about learning to drive, I had to take her out to the parking lot several times. The minute I got into the car and she got in with me, she was adjusting the mirrors and her seat, and it looked like she knew what to do.
But then she turned the key -- and refused to let go. So the car was choking while she was holding on. I said, "Hiromi-san, Let go. Let go." She said, "Hai, Hai." But she continued holding the key. I realized that it's customary for Japanese people to be so obedient and complimentary to you that even if they don't understand a word you're saying, they will still say, "Hai. Hai" -- while choking the car to death.
I quickly reached over and took her hand off the key. The car choked into gear, and I said, "Now we pray." I said, "Heavenly Parent, SOS from Boston, in the parking lot of Market Basket. Please be with us today. Amen." She said, "Okay?" And thus began her odyssey of learning how to drive. I must say she ran over a couple of wastebaskets and bumped into a couple of cars. Parallel parking was more like perpendicular parking that she was trying to manage.
I was afraid for my car, but I said to myself, "Lord, have mercy. This is SOS, Boston calling. I am here with the petite terror, Hiromi-san. Could you please be with us?" I went through a period when I was so tense that I could literally feel my shoulders closing in – not just over me but over Hiromi-san. Not only was I not helping her through the process, but I realized I was so scared and insecure sitting next to her that even though I had a seat belt on, I wanted two or three more seat belts on me before I could feel safe.
But I had to face myself. "Okay, sooner or later I'm going to have to trust this sister, that in her hands I am going to make it out of this parking lot alive." I said, "Hiromi-san, I trust you. I'm going to relax now. I need you to relax." In doing that, I realized something profound. Here I was supposed to be teaching her how to drive, but, I realized, I was the source of her great aggravation because she wanted to perform so perfectly. I was putting undue pressure on her to be more than what she could at that time, and therefore making it almost unbearably difficult for her.
The minute I decided to lower my shoulders, to fall back into my seat, and basically say, "God, SOS from Boston, Market Basket. We're in your hands," she looked over at me, and vibing off of my letting go, she started to let go. She started to sit more comfortably in her seat, like me. We were smiling more with each other.
This was a real-time lesson in something one of my friends who is a race car driver had told me: When you're racing cars around the Indy track, going over 200 miles per hour, the desire of the body is to get more tense because the faster you go, any sudden movement can have you flying off the track. But he said that in order to have more control, the driver must do something that's counterintuitive to the message from the driver's own body.
The first impulse is fear because you're facing this lightning speed and it's extremely dangerous. In a split second, you can go off and you can die. But the secret of having exquisite control over your vehicle when you're going over 200 miles an hour is to do something counterintuitive: to relax instead of tensing up. The more relaxed you are as a driver, the more aware you become of what you are doing, and the more flexible your limbs are. Therefore, the signals going from your brain to your hands or feet instantaneously respond that much better.
I realized that when we are faced with sudden fears in the course of our modern life -- in any situation that our children or spouses may put us in or perhaps we may put ourselves in -- what is counterintuitive is actually the very thing that we need to do. The more strenuous or difficult or scary the situation, what we need to do is trust more in the Lord, trust more in our True Parents, trust more in ourselves, and learn to breathe and relax. Not only did my friend the race car driver have more control over his vehicle via the steering wheel, but also in my experiment at teaching this petite horror how to drive, I experienced directly that the minute I started to relax and work with her and help her relax, we were able to get more done.
What I initially thought was a total impossibility -- having her drive from Boston to New York City and back -- was something she was able to do within a month after she started driving. I had thought it would take years, but that simple willingness to let go of my fears and insecurities, and to trust made a world of difference. When the Bible asks us to believe in the one whom He has sent -- the one whom God, our Heavenly Parent, has sent -- we have to remember to trust.
The next thing we have to keep in mind when we're thinking about trying to believe in something or about doing the work of believing is to understand the meaning of the word follow. We often say, "Let's just follow our True Parents." For those of us who have been following our True Parents through the time of the wilderness, for 40 or 50 years, many of us may have become weary travelers, saying, "We've been following our whole life. We're tired of following." Or there may be a lot of Second Generation, watching our parents and First Generation leaders just follow, follow over the years, who are wondering, "What is wrong with these people? Do they not know how to lead, how to think for themselves, how to take matters into their own hands and be their own decision-makers, the owners of their own destinies?
Sometimes I myself have asked these questions, as I know a lot of Second Generation have. But one thing I always remind the Second Generation is that we are here because our parents did follow. Unlike the 12 disciples of Jesus, who abandoned Jesus in his crucial hour when he was left to die hanging on the cross, our First Generation -- our parents and our elders -- followed and continued to follow, thus paving the way, giving us the shoulders to stand on so we can do greater work as we look forward to the Third, the Fourth, and the Fifth Generations to come.
The word follow is interesting to my Asian ears because if you say it, fol-low, it sounds like fall-low -- falling far low, maintaining an attitude of humility. What God is asking us to do when we're following is to bend low in humility so we can unite with our True Parents, our elders, and our leaders to accomplish the job at hand. Our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother are telling us, "Child, I want you to jump so high that you can kiss the moon, but in order to jump that high you have to go back low." We have to fall low. We have to be willing to go far into the lowest, lowest depth. We have to bend our knees deep into our bodies to prepare to propel our torso up to the heavens so we can touch the moon, kiss the moon.
All of us are so blessed because not only do we touch or kiss, but we sing and laugh together with the moon -- with Father and Mother Moon and the Family Moon. We have so many moons in this constellation called the Unification movement. In the spirit of one family under God, as the whole world comes to graft onto God's true lineage, the same thing is taking place in our movement as well. All of your children are coming to graft on to the Moon lineage, to the True Parents' lineage, becoming one family.
When my eldest son married a child from a Japanese mother and a Finnish father, I got to experience a bit more of the universe, a bit more of the cosmos, a bit more of our world. I can only wait with great anticipation to see what other parts of the world I might experience through my children grafting on with the rest of the world and the rest of your children.
Every great teacher and leader knows that becoming a great leader and teacher requires first that you have to be a good and great student. Our True Father and True Mother are asking us to believe, to trust, to unite wholeheartedly, and to follow in the steps they are taking. They are asking us to come along with them on their journey to usher in this brand-new world of peace and love that has begun to unfold like a beautiful Eastern fan -- even as we speak, live, and breathe every day.
Brothers and sisters, sometimes when we see our True Parents so close up, we fail to realize what historical and profound figures they are. We are participating in the making of history, as they are truly the Second Coming, the Lord of the Second Advent, we have been waiting for. They are the True Parents that the world has waited for and that I have waited for.
As a student of religion who was born a woman, I understand more than anything the importance, profundity, and necessity of honoring our True Parents. It is only our True Parents' victory to stand in the position of perfected Adam and Eve that allows the women of the world to be liberated, to reclaim our dignity and sense of worth as eternal daughters of God, so that we, together with our eternal sons and fathers and brothers, can work hard to build with our True Parents the world that until now we could only dream about.
When the Bible asks us to, another thing we need to keep in mind is the concept of simply believing. Someone came up to me the other day and said, "There's a whole lot of static concerning the True Family. We hear that there's a lot of sibling rivalry going on -- this person, that person, fighting each other." This person was asking, "What are we supposed to believe?" So I looked at this person and said, "Okay, so you're hearing that the True Family members are involved in sibling rivalry? First of all, 'That is not true. The whole family is united with our True Parents, except one.' And secondly, 'What is there to be confused about when our True Parents continue to stand at the center as the core and center of our faith?'"
The most important thing that we need to remember when the Bible reminds us to believe in the one whom God has sent, is that we must learn to simply believe. We can understand this better when we take the word apart as two words, "be-lieve," or be and live. God is asking us to simply be good as eternal sons and daughters of God who want to live for the sake of others, who want to empower others to be greater than ourselves, who want simply to be a good person -- not because we're working toward some chocolate at the end of our day, or some kind of reward at the end of our lives, but just because we know that we are God's eternal sons and daughters.
The second part is to live. We have to live, to breathe, to substantiate. We cannot just think and know, but we have to live the principle, live as a child of God who substantiates his and her ideal into our lives, and thereby creates something beautiful that we can leave behind in the form of our future generations so that the world can be in great hands. God is asking us to be that child of God, to live as that good and beautiful child of God.
This time of our True Parents, if you think about it, is when they come to liberate a lot of misconceptions and preconceptions that have existed throughout the centuries. True Parents have come to liberate women and allow them to have an active voice in a life of faith. That is liberation in the area of a religious life when for centuries theologians and good ministers have argued whether women should have a voice in the church or not.
And at this time when the world is still plagued with misconceptions of what a church service is supposed to be like, the inspiration of our dear older brother [Hyo Jin Moon] has pioneered the way for multimedia to be an active participant in our ministry. He introduced rock and roll to our movement. I remember in the 1970s, when we were wearing jeans, we got into a whole lot of trouble. I remember when my brother grew his hair slightly longer than was customary, and he got into a lot of trouble.
We are breaking barriers in that we are all God's children, and instead of defining us by what we look like, we need to define ourselves by who we are, that we are God's eternal sons and daughters. Powerful music of different genres from classical music to rock and roll can be used to help people come closer to God. I know that a lot of people, perhaps in the religious sphere of life, felt that only classical music has a place. Classical music continues to have a place in Lovin' Life Ministries, but there's also room for jazz, the blues, and rock and roll. In that sense our True Parents are liberating us from our preconceptions of what we can or cannot listen to and enjoy.
Sun Myung Moon, Hak Ja Han, Hyung Kin Moon and Kook Jin Moon awarding prize for slots tournament
Here we are in Las Vegas, and for the first time in the history of our movement, and for the first time in the history of this gaming city of Las Vegas, our True Father has started the first-of-its-kind charity slots tournament, raising money on behalf of different organizations that continue to do good work here in Las Vegas. Through this innovative program, True Father is transforming the concept of Las Vegas simply as the center of the gaming industry in a state where gaming is king, into a city in a state where Father is encouraging all the people to start sharing. Yes, you can have a good time, but a good time for what purpose -- to live for the sake of others, to help others, to share a bit of our good time. We can love life, but at the same time we can love our life even more when we can share and give, and we can encourage and nurture others to do the same.
I remember when Father first said that we needed to go to Las Vegas, I was thinking, "Why Las Vegas, of all places? There are so many beautiful states in America. Why Las Vegas?" But when I prayed about it, God told me that our True Parents come to be the living water of life in the parched desert sands of Nevada. They come to help the people of Las Vegas reimagine what their state can be so that it will no longer be called Sin City, or Sodom and Gomorrah of the modern-day era. Our True Parents come to go where people who seek purity and goodness don't want to go.
Just as Jesus spent time with prostitutes and with the untouchables, so, too, our True Parents come to spend time with the untouchables, the dirty, the worthless, the degenerates, and the naked, homeless and hungry, and they bring the spirit of true love. They bring parental love. Through their presence they are actively healing people by offering support to organizations such as the Salvation Army, the united organizations that help battered and abused women, and the Galilee Workshop summer camps that help unfortunate, impoverished children stand on their feet and become dignified citizens of this country.
Father and Mother come to liberate a whole lot of us from many of our misconceptions, and help us -- actually push us -- to reimagine what our world could be like. If that's not the work the Messiah does, I don't know what is. Father is saying that the lowest of the low can be the highest of the high. People who felt no hope, who felt abused and battered can find themselves, their dignity, and their worth in understanding that they're children of God and grafting onto the heavenly lineage that our True Parents are extending to all men and women of the world. Through these efforts, our True Parents are bringing the world into their embrace as one family under God.
Brothers and sisters, we need to realize that our True Parents are an amazing gift to humanity from our God in heaven. We should be their true sons and daughters in that we have to change this work of believing into something that is a part of us so that we breathe and live and to the core of our being are eternal sons and daughters who no longer doubt who our parents are. We must be like those innocent, pure children who do not need to be told who their parents are because they know instinctively, naturally, and wantingly. This is how we need to be when we start believing in our True Parents.
Brothers and sisters, at this time when we are blessed to be able to come together knowing that our dignity and worth comes from our relationships with our Heavenly Parent and our True parents, we can start standing up strong -- not in arrogant pride but in the sheer confidence that we are here to do great work, the work of living for the sake of others. If we can truly believe -- by trusting in the Lord, our True Parents, and by following our Heavenly Parent and True Parents in oneness of spirit and body as an uncomplicated child of God saying, "I am yours; I come from you; I live through you; and through my life I will honor you." then we can start building the understanding that we really are the child of God, that we belong to this one family of God, we belong to one humanity.
The concept that we belong to one family of God having the same parents is what will prevent us from destroying ourselves a hundred times over. We do have the capability to destroy our world a hundred times over, but when we realize that we belong to one family, and that despite our differences, cultural baggage, and preconceptions, we need to do the work of both believing in the one whom God has sent and becoming the natural child of God, we can then start doing incredible things.
Brothers and sisters, today is a day of bright hope because we have our True Parents here with us. The world as we knew it ended yesterday. So be confident, be inspired, help inspire others, and live gloriously for the sake of our Heavenly Parent, True Parents, and humanity. God bless, and thank you.
The 2011 end times prediction made by American Christian radio host Harold Camping stated that the Rapture and Judgment Day would take place on May 21, 2011, and that the end of the world would take place five months later on October 21, 2011. Here is his explanation: October 21, 2011 Judgment Day and End of the World! Tract
Las Vegas is Spanish for "The Meadows." The Las Vegas area was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1829. The site of Las Vegas (“The Meadows” in Spanish) was originally a watering place for travelers on their way to southern California. It was first settled by Mormons in 1855, who were attracted by its artesian springs.
1: After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiber'i-as.
2: And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased.
3: Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples.
4: Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
5: Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, "How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?"
6: This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
7: Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little."
8: One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,
9: "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?"
10: Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11: Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
12: And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost."
13: So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten.
14: When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!"
15: Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
16: When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
17: got into a boat, and started across the sea to Caper'na-um. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
18: The sea rose because a strong wind was blowing.
19: When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat. They were frightened,
20: but he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."
21: Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
22: On the next day the people who remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone.
23: However, boats from Tiber'i-as came near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
24: So when the people saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Caper'na-um, seeking Jesus.
25: When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?"
26: Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
27: Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal."
28: Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?"
29: Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."
30: So they said to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform?
31: Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'"
32: Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
33: For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world."
34: They said to him, "Lord, give us this bread always."
35: Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.
36: But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.
37: All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out.
38: For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me;
39: and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day.
40: For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day."
41: The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, "I am the bread which came down from heaven."
42: They said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, `I have come down from heaven'?"
43: Jesus answered them, "Do not murmur among yourselves.
44: No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
45: It is written in the prophets, `And they shall all be taught by God.' Every one who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.
46: Not that any one has seen the Father except him who is from God; he has seen the Father.
47: Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
48: I am the bread of life.
49: Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50: This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die.
51: I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh."
52: The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
53: So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;
54: he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55: For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56: He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
57: As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.
58: This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever."
59: This he said in the synagogue, as he taught at Caper'na-um.
60: Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?"
61: But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, "Do you take offense at this?
62: Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before?
63: It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
64: But there are some of you that do not believe." For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that would betray him.
65: And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father."
66: After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him.
67: Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?"
68: Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life;
69: and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."
70: Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?"
71: He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was to betray him.