“Eat My Flesh and Drink
My Blood”???
Review: Jesus just fed the 5,000 and walked on water
“What sign will you give us so we can believe?...Moses
gave us manna from heaven”…
Jesus replied, “…it is not Moses who has given you the
bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you
the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is
the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life
to the world.”
Then Jesus declared, “I am the Bread of Life…” (v. 35)
V40 “For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the
Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will
raise them up at the last day.”
V41 The leaders started grumbling…
Vv42 – 48 Jesus said, “Stop your grumbling… no one has
seen the Father except the One Who is from God… I am
the Bread of Life…your ancestors ate manna yet they
V50-51 “But here is the bread that comes down
from heaven, which anyone may eat and not
die. I am the living bread that came down from
heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.
This bread is My flesh, which I give for the life of
the world.”
V52 Huhh? Eat His flesh and drink His blood?
To understand this better – let’s look at the OT
Old Testament (OT): Exodus 25 and Leviticus 24
The Bread of His Presence (Shewbread)
On a special table in the Holy of Holies; staked in 2 piles of 6
breads each; possibly 11 lbs each; unleavened; fresh bread
brought in every Sabbath; priests ate the bread being
replaced. (That was the bread David ate in I Sam 21 –
preview of Jesus.)
Symbolic of God being the resource for all of life; bread was
the primary sustenance of life/food; the bread was always
there as a testimony of thanksgiving for God’s neverending
provision and source of life
Breaking bread together symbolic of intimate relationships –
you don’t dine with total strangers!
Exodus 24 – After giving Israel the 10 Commandments and
Laws, God told Moses to gather the 12 Tribe leaders and go
to the Mountain for a feast together in His presence
symbolically sealing their relationship to each other and to
the Lord.
Again, this was called the Bread of His presence…
interesting…sprinkled with frankincense (symbolic of worship,
holiness and righteousness).
Many disciples who followed Jesus – left…
Jesus turns to the 12 and asks, “Does this offend you?... The
Spirit gives life (v63); the flesh counts for nothing…the
words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and
V67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked
the 12 disciples.
Peter responds
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have
the words of eternal life. We have
come to believe and to know that you
are the Holy One.”
Do you believe?