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REBLOGGED from UTAH LUTHERAN By. Rev. Bror Erickson

The Living Bread that Came Down From Heaven

[John 6] I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 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. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 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. 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 forever.” Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. (John 6:51-59 (ESV)
There is so much here. This is the heart of John 6. What does Jesus mean that the bread that he will give for the life of the world is his flesh. The words hit home. They are highly charged. I don’t know how to read this without thinking of the Lord’s Supper. A person can debate, obviously the Lord’s Supper was not yet instituted when Jesus spoke and taught this in the synagogue at Capernaum…