Re: the Eucharist
The point I’m making, is different.
Jesus made, a do this or else statement
53…?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 he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats 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 he who eats me will live because of me."
When did He institute this sacrament?
When Jesus ordained His apostles at the Last Supper, and gave them the power to do exactly what He did when He used the words
Lk 22: 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I tell you that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this ποιεῖτε in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood."[c]
ποιεῖτε = make, manufacture, cause, produce, construct, change one thing into another, & ordain,
They (the apostles) are to Do exactly what JESUS DID here. That is, they are to actually Change bread and wine into His body and blood. Not a symbol, but the actual body and blood of Jesus just as Jesus did… And in this action and those words, Jesus ordained THEM, He gave His apostles the power and authority to do exactly what He did. And what Jesus did here, as He said, was to continue… i.e. as in ordination, in apostolic succession. THEY don’t do any of this on their own. Jesus does it IN THEM and Jesus does the same in all those who are validly ordained in apostolic succession.
Without this authority and ordination, THEY could NOT do this or anything supernatural…
We look back on the do this or else statement of Jesus in Jn 6. We are to literally, ingest Him, not just in a spiritual way but a physical way.
And we know From Jn 6, His own disciples (not the 12) found that too hard to even listen to, and they left Him over that.