Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Eucharist. The Real Deal. Part 6

We continue in John chapter six. "Many of his disciples, when they heard it said 'This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?' But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it said to them, 'Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before?'" (Jn 6:60-62) Remember murmuring is an example of unbelief. Jesus's disciples were murmuring. His disciples were the ones that believed in him. These were not just passers by listening in on what he was saying. They said this saying is hard. If the bread of life discourse is all a metaphor, which is what the disciples thought earlier. What is hard about that. Nothing! Thinking Jesus is speaking metaphoric would make more sense than taking Jesus literally. What is hard to understand is how they were to truly eat his flesh and drink his blood.

What is the point of Jesus asking if they took offense to this? Because Christ knew the Mosaic law prohibiting the drinking of blood and eating of human flesh. Along with the disciples having trouble understanding how they were to eat his flesh. Christ asks what if they saw him rise up to heaven. G.H. Trench in A Study of St. John's Gospel says "Let them not think of his Flesh as they see it now... Suppose they were to see this very flesh of his not merely risen from the dead but ascending to Heaven, they would find it easier to understand, for they would then realize that this Flesh of His exists not only as they see it now, in it's phenomenal or physical mode, but that it exists also in a spiritual mode. And it is in it's spiritual mode that he gives it as food: but under either mode it is one and the same flesh'"
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