Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. John 6:53-55
One of the more “difficult” teachings of Jesus was about partaking in his flesh and blood. Now having the revelation we have today, we know that Jesus was foretelling about the practice of Communion. We know his body and blood were broken and shed for our sins on the cross. Anyone who rejects this can’t have atonement for their sin
Whoever receives Christ’s sacrifice He will resurrect in the last day. We know this is a foundational teaching of the gospel of Christ. Without the cross you can’t have the resurrection. Until we are reborn from being dead in our sins, we can’t be reconciled back to God
He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. John 6:56-58
This is why I think Communion is an essential practice in Christianity. Jesus said “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22)Is Jesus referring to us eating his physical body and drinking his blood? No, and the reason I believe is because Jesus taught this to the disciples while he was still alive and physically with them.
At the Lords Supper, when Jesus told them the bread was his body and the wine was his blood, he meant it symbolically. The disciples couldn’t eat Jesus body and and drink his blood when he was physically alive and sitting there with them, it’s not logical
These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? John 6:59-61
Many of Jesus followers didnt understand his teaching and left him. “What kind of teaching is this”? The problem is they didnt understand what Christ was about to do for the world. This didn’t have the further revelation that we have today.
What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. John 6:62-64
Not everyone will become saved, many have and will reject Christ. This was evident back then and this is still evident today. Jesus already knows his Sheep and calls them by name. Those who abide in Christ , he will abide in them
Communion is an essential doctrine and practice of Christians, anyone who wont partake in the body and blood of Christ, can have no part in Him! Abide in Jesus , Amen!