This is a hard teaching!
Scripture reading for May 11th: John 6:47-71
“I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.” (John 6:53-58)
Jesus followed the feeding of the 5000 with some hard teaching. He spoke to them of eating His flesh and drinking His blood. This was not an option, but mandatory to have eternal life. Jesus knew that many of these that were following Him were not placing their trust in Him as the Son of God and did not really believe that He came from the Father. They ate the physical bread that had been miraculously multiplied and were satisfied, but were not yet ready to feed on Jesus as the true Bread from heaven. As their forefathers had eaten the manna and died, they would leave without the true “manna” they needed to live.
“On hearing this, many of His disciples said, “This is a hard teaching, who can practice it.” (John 6:60) Jesus asked these grumblers if His teaching offended them. They would see something even more offensive to the carnal mind: His ascension to heaven! “The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are Life. Yet some of you do not believe.” Jesus knew that some would not believe and one would betray Him! He was actually a devil! (John 6:70)
In this spiritual teaching, Jesus was referring to the Last Supper, the meal where He would give them the bread and cup as remembrance of His death and a reminder of His coming again. The true followers would be willing to eat the bread (representing His body) and drink the cup (representing His blood.) Have you placed your trust in Him?