In John 6, if Jesus was merely speaking symbolicly, when his disciples walked away, why did he not call them back?
Many times in Scripture Jesus is speaking in a parable, and his disciples do not understand, so he goes on further to explain it to them. If Jesus meant to say that eating and drinking his flesh was just symbolism, why would he let his disciples reject him over it?
Besides, “to eat the flesh and drink the blood” of someone, among the Jews, meant to inflict serious harm upon someone. Is Jesus saying “You must inflict harm upon me for eternal life”? Hardly.
And, from what I understand of the Passover, something all Jews understood at the time, is the Passover supper is not complete until you eat the sacrificed lamb.
Truely, His disciples understood when he said “This is my body, which is broken for you.” He is the Lamb of God!
And of course, as ladylinguist said, Paul speaks so highly of the bread and cup. If I was just chowing down on a french roll and a glass of wine, how could I eat and drink damnnation upon myself? I must eat to survive correct?
Instead, when you partake in the bread and cup, you are partaking in our Lord Jesus, who you should always strive to be worthy to partake in.