“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (John 6: 51)
“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.” (John 5: 56)
If last weeks’ message about Jesus identifying himself as the bread from heaven, which is even better than the manna that God fed his people in the wilderness wasn’t strange enough, this is something entirely more difficult to understand. It is no wonder that Jesus’ listeners began to argue about what he meant and to reject his words. Jesus is setting himself up as a totally different kind of food than what they were used to getting from religion.