The Bread of Life.
he Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever. He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum."
Eat my flesh drink my blood
esus adds to the confusion by stating unless they eat his flesh and drink his blood they cannot have life in them. “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.” He claims that he will raise them up to eternal life. Implicit is the claim that Jesus is God.
For a Jew life is in the blood, and because of the sacredness of blood Jesus’ statement is hugely challenging, even revolting. Death, that is life giving. Surrendering to death is to embrace life.
The revelation continues: “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.” The life that Jesus offers is communion with the Father and with him, an indwelling that respects the autonomy of both those who eat his flesh and drink his blood and their indwelling. Eating his flesh and drinking blood is the means of union with the Father and Jesus his son. As the Son lives by the Father so those who are united to the Son will have eternal life.
This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists
Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries