As has been presented by these Protestants, that is the only way one could interpret Jesus saying one must Eat the Flesh and Drink the Blood. Some will show a parallel of John 6:
Tommy Lane We have expectations of homilists. We expect the homilist to preach on the lectionary readings, to explain the Scriptures, to offer us spirituality leading us to God.
At the time of Jesus there were also expectations of homilists. One common form of Jewish homily was the type of midrash that Jesus employs in his preaching on the Eucharist in John 6 that we are following all this week Third Week of Easter.
Because we hear just a section in the Gospel reading every day it may be difficult to notice but it also involved preaching on the lectionary readings. This type of midrash begins with a quotation from the Torah.
It was not Moses who gave them the bread, but his heavenly Father. And the verb is not past tense but present, the Father is giving them the bread now and Jesus is that living bread.
Their fathers ate the bread in the desert and died but whoever eats the bread Jesus gives will never die. Jesus thus shows that he is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. Jesus is the living bread come down from heaven so that a man may eat it and not die and the bread he offers is his flesh for the life of the world.THE EUCHARIST IN JOHN’S GOSPEL Bible Verses Herbert Klos wrote an excellent survey of the numerous opinions on the question of the sacraments in John’s Gospel.1 He presents five distinct categories that range from intentional antisacramentalism to mandated sacramentalism.
Jan 12, · ← John’s Gospel: Drinking Jesus’ Blood, Part 1 → John’s Gospel: Chapter 6 — A Note on Communion.
Posted on January 12, by Jay F Guin. Please forgive the following rant. the upper room when He refers to His flesh and blood as truly food and drink is best understood in the sacrament of the eucharist.
Jesus. Nov 10, · Rudolf Bultmann commenting on John –59 says that the concepts of eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking his blood “refer without any doubt to the sacramental meal of the Eucharist” (Rudolf Bultmann, The Gospel of John: A Commentary [Philadelphia: Westminster John Knox, ], ).
1 After this, Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee -- or of Tiberias- 2 and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he had done in curing the sick.
3 Jesus climbed the hillside and sat down. Hence, the Eucharist in John 6 would be viewed as secondary symbol to faith in Jesus. Be that as it may, Augustine favoured the idea of the sacrament as the sign that signified divine things.
In interpreting John 6, he argued for an ecclesiological perspective of the Eucharist. Of the four gospels, only the Gospel of John omits the Words of Institution of the Lord's Supper. But only John includes Jesus' extended teaching on Jesus as the Bread of Life ().