John 6:48-66 and Communion


#1

I have a question related to this beautiful piece of the Gospel.

John 6:48-66 I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate manna in the desert and they are dead; but this is the bread which comes down from heaven, so that a person may eat it and not die. I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.’ Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Jesus replied to them: In all truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person. As the living Father sent me and I draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will also draw life from me. This is the bread which has come down from heaven; it is not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever. This is what he taught at Capernaum in the synagogue. After hearing it, many of his followers said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’ Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining about it and said, 'Does this disturb you? What if you should see the Son of man ascend to where he was before? 'It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. ‘But there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the outset who did not believe and who was to betray him. He went on, ‘This is why I told you that no one could come to me except by the gift of the Father.’ After this, many of his disciples went away and accompanied him no more.

This to me speaks much about the Eucharist and I was wondering if there is a similarity for Protestantism especially in the last verse where they walked away because they could not accept the Eucharist in the manner that we Roman Catholics do.

Is this also a great part of scripture to prove how important the Eucharist is for all of us especially when Protestants say that transubstantiation is not important/real?

Thanks.


#2

The whole gospel of John was written to explain the Eucharist, that’s why the last supper, is not mentioned with one single word in this Gospel :slight_smile:


#3

Please remember that not all Protestants take the Eucharist symbolically.
Thanks


#4

But at least, at least 97 percent of them do believe it to be as mere symbol.


#5

There was no need to, as it had been written of in Paul’s letters and the other 3 Gospels. Jesus was giving a deeper understanding and fullness to the teaching, as the first generation of Christians were dying off.


#6

The bigger issue is the large percentage of Catholics who think it is symbolic.


#7

Really?


#8

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