Don’t Miss the True Bread
One of the strangest things Jesus ever said is recorded in chapter six of John’s Gospel, where Jesus stated that his followers must eat his flesh and drink his blood.
These words are disturbing. Almost everyone, including his most loyal disciples, misunderstood them at the time. Many disciples stopped following him after he said them (verse 66). They have been the subjects of much debate for centuries in the church. And because of them, Christians have even been accused of cannibalism by participating in the Lord’s Supper.
But what did Jesus really mean? If we pay close attention, it’s not that difficult to understand. But we must examine the context carefully and recognize Jesus’s clues.
The Context: Feeding the Five Thousand
The day before Jesus said these things, he had fed a crowd of 5,000 people with a few loaves and fish. In this miracle, the crowd recognized that the…