52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live for ever.” 59 Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.
Vampires and Flesh Eaters
Vampires are seemingly rooted in the Christian tradition. In the Old Testament we are told the life is in the blood (Lev. 17:11). Based on this passage and thinking like it, some people have decided to drink life by drinking blood. However, Jewish people were not to eat meat with the blood still in it. It was to be drained as part of ritual cleanliness. Jesus’ statement that his followers should drink his blood would have sounded repulsive to those who heard it. Eating Jesus’ flesh is also a repulsive idea if taken literally.
There are at least two ways to view this passage. One is that we are to figuratively drink the blood and eat the flesh in the bread and wine at the Lord’s Table, Communion, or Eucharist. We are to associate ourselves with Jesus and remember regularly what he has done for us with gratitude. Alternatively, we must also live a life that looks to Jesus for daily sustenance and live the life he lived filled with the essence of his life.
Either interpretation above demands a really close association. We are to be one with Jesus as his disciples. Through regular participation in the ritual of Eucharist or through daily living dependent on Jesus we cultivate a relationship that looks to Jesus first.
We all have our issues – hopes and fears – that lead us away from you. Let our hope be in you and our fears to melt away.
- How do people receive Jesus’ talk about eating and drinking him?
- What does he mean?
- Where did Jesus teach?
- Are you in church and taking communion?
- How do you eat Jesus’ flesh and drink his blood?