Want to hear a A Shocking Statement?
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.
This statement is highly offensive in so many ways.
Jews will especially be revolted by it.
It is intimating canniballism–a vile practice of pagan cultures.
The imagery, word choice, and its usage is dynamically set up to provoke the audience.
Provoke them to think and provoke them to see something not immediately accessible.
Either the Speaker is outright insane, or he is getting at something that is not immediately obvious.
In this case, he is getting at something hidden, that is not obvious, that he wants to reveal.
Of course we know now that Yeshua was in the midst of fulling an ancient prophecy, or actually a series of ancient prophecies.
These prophecies surround the entire religious Law and Religious System founded by God in the Garden of Eden, and passed on to every generation of believers (God followers) from that initial sacrifice in the Garden.
We see the sacrifice re-enacted time and again in the Lives of God Followers like: Abel (not Cain), Noah (not the world around Noah), Abraham (not the others of Abraham’s Day–like Sodom & Gomorrah), Isaac (not the Philistines or Egyptians), and Jacob/Israel (not the Egyptians), and then Moses and the Covenant of the Passover Lamb! And then repeated every year since then according to the Law of God, right down to this very DAY! (Something many call Easter, but have no real clue what Easter is really about. Easter is the Name of an ancient Near Easter Pagan Fertility Goddess.) And as you may recall only the Blood of the Lamb on the Door Posts of your House, could save you from the Avenging Death Angel that killed the first born son in every household in Egypt from the Highest born Pharaoh’s Family, to the lowest born slaves family. Only those with the Blood of the Covenant were spared. This is the Exact Picture Yeshua is pointing to … only those who see the picture correctly will interpret the meaning and the exact right response immediately.
The True Sacrifice of the Lamb always has and always will point to One specific event in Human History, the Death of the Lamb of God upon the Cross of Calvary, on the Hill of Golgotha–the place of the skull.
Yeshua Ha Messiach, Jesus the Christ (the Messiah of Israel), is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World! He is the fulfillment of the Passover Lamb Prophecy, and >>>
Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man,
And Drink His Blood–
You will have “No Life” in you.
In other words, unless you enter into the Blood Covenant of the Lamb, you will not ever partake of the Blessings of the Covenant of Life that God Promises to those who will fully and completely enter into the Blood Covenant of the Lamb with Him.
And when do you do this? On the night of the Feast of Passover. You Eat the Flesh of the Lamb, and you drink the Wine of the New Covenant in His Blood!
No Blood–No Covenant. No Meat–No Sacrifice. No Promise–No Protection. No Joy–No Life. No Union = No Fellowship with God. In other words, it is only through the Blood of the Lamb that a man, woman, or child can be saved.
The only alternative is Death which means complete and eternal separation from God.
The only road provided to enable fellowship with God is walking through the bloody pieces of the Blood Covenant.
If I reject the “Food of Life” I am excluded from the fellowship of God and of the Saints.
John 6:53-58 (KJV) 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. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 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 ever.
Of course this whole teaching was extremely offensive to the Jews, especially the highly educated Jews–isn’t that the
John 6:22-71 (KJV) 22 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone; 23 (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:) 24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. 25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? 26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. 28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. 30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? 31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. 36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. 37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. 42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? 43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 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. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 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 ever. 59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.