The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can
this man give us his flesh to eat?
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. He that
eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in
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
These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in
Jesus had declared Himself the bread of life. This brought a conundrum to mind. How can this
man give us His flesh to eat? The Jews had difficulty in seeing a figurative application. They had
eaten literal bread when Jesus fed them on the other side of the sea. They followed Jesus
because of this literal bread. They were totally perplexed.
Jesus addresses them, beginning with the words which set His comments apart as something to
be noticed – Verily, verily (Amen, Amen). Pay attention – you have no life unless you eat the flesh
and drink the blood of the Son of man. Jesus states the exception in the negative – unless you eat
and drink you have no life. They have no life, and the only way for them to obtain life is to eat the
flesh and drink the blood of the Son of man.
To further define His statement for them, He leaves no doubt as to Who the Son of man is. It is His
flesh, it is His blood that they must eat and drink. If they did so, they would have eternal life, and
Jesus would raise them up at the last day.
Jesus further confuses the Jews with the next sentence. He declares that His flesh is food, and
His blood is drink. To those who are confused, and unable to make a figurative application, this
statement would be tantamount to saying we are talking about a literal application.
Jesus then makes the statement that brings everything together. The eating of His flesh, and
drinking of His blood means that they dwell in Jesus and Jesus dwells in them. This defines what
Jesus means when He speaks of eating His flesh and drinking His blood – it is dwelling in Him,
and He in the one who eats and drinks.
(Romans 12:1-2) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that
ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV)
(Ephesians 3:14-19) For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according
to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That
Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be
able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And
to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the
fulness of God. (KJV)
(2 John 1:8-11) Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but
that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of
Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the
Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house,
neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
God, the source of all life, has given life unto the Son. Even so, the one who eats Jesus shall be
given life by Him. This is the true bread which came down from heaven, not the manna which the
Jews’ fathers ate in the wilderness and died. He who eats the true bread from heaven shall live for
Faith and obedience, trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus… Incorporating
the words, the doctrine, the teaching of Jesus – allowing those words to direct the heart and mind,
molding your life to conform to the image of Jesus, allows us to have eternal life.
The discussion had continued into the synagogue of Capernaum, the place of learning for the
words of Moses each Sabbath.