Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. (Jhn 6:54) This was a pretty offensive statement by Jesus. We are born with an aversion to cannibalism, and rightly so, but Jesus was trying to make a point. This was not business as usual doctrine. This was something radical and mind blowing. Eat flesh? Drink blood? Yuck!
Of course, Jesus wasn’t talking about physically eating and drinking. My apologies to my Catholic friends, but He was being metaphorical. God was no longer going to be distant, guiding His people from afar. Emmanuel has come and God is with us.
We are to invite Jesus into our hearts to be Lord and Savior. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (Jhn 14:20) It’s a challenging description of how closely our connection with God is now. How radically different from the Old Testament relationship.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him. (Psalm 34:8) He’s not interested in being worshiped from a distance. He wants intimacy. When we submit to the Lordship of Jesus, He enters our lives as completely as if we literally eat His body and drink His blood. We become one with Him. It’s a concept that no one expected of God, but it is His way of guiding us through life in the kingdom.