Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you…John 6:51-58
Whoa!!! Imagine hearing this for the first time. Imagine hearing this without any previous experience of the Eucharist.
We know that some in the crowd took such offense at Jesus that they stopped following him because he said these things—
Jesus doesn’t soften or temper his words in the least. There’s not even a hint that he might be speaking poetically or metaphorically. He’s not quick to change the subject either.
For us, these words may have lost their offensiveness. But, Jesus didn’t drop these rhetorical bombshells so that they’d be easily forgotten. It’s clear that He was stirring the pot on purpose. He wanted to say things that challenged people.
Imagine you are attending church for the first time as this passage is read!
Imagine hearing Jesus say these words. How would you react???