Monday, August 10, 2015
Flesh and Blood
"Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in them." Perhaps these words are so familiar to our ears that we fail to realize how shocking they are. In John 6:51-57 "flesh" and "blood" are used in four different sentences. "Flesh" is used by itself in two other places. The Greek verb that John uses means "munch" or "chew." Most vividly, Jesus says, "whoever feeds on me."
In the earlier part of this long chapter, Jesus uses metaphorical language to talk about himself as the "bread from heaven." Here he switches to very realistic language to make it abundantly clear that the bread and wine are truly his flesh and blood.
(Clicking on the picture enables you to see how lovely my neighbor's flowers are.)