Nothing reflects confusion more than a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Beset by barking dogs, frustrated by one another and by the natural obstacles around them, leaderless sheep will mill about in a frenzy of indecision, unable to cope with the problems that confront them.

That the world of men is in a like state of confusion is seen in even the most casual reading of any newspaper. The problems are economic, racial, political, and social. They are also educational, emotional, and—above all—spiritual.

Each geographical area has its own problems, with resulting alignments and counter-alignments that jeopardize local and world peace.

For the world’s confusion, as for each man’s confusion, there has been committed to the church and to individual Christians a simple and direct answer. This answer, which can be either accepted or rejected, forms the very watershed of life now and for all eternity.

Jesus was constantly confronted by religious leaders who rejected his claims and disputed his words. On one occasion he made a series of statements about man’s deepest needs. He said, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). He went on to say that there will be a “last day” when those who believe in him and therefore have eternal life will be raised up to be with him.

Christ’s claim to have come down from heaven was challenged, and he countered by asserting the centrality of his mission—to draw men to his Father. This he followed with the astounding affirmation that his own flesh was the bread from heaven: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and ...

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