Followers of Jesus Deserted Him over Cannibalism - John 6: 44-66, Would You Do the Same, Why, Why Not?

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    Mar 22, 2015 5:34 PM GMT
    John 6: 44-59
    John 6: 60-66

    44 "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.

    45 It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.

    46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.

    47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.

    48 I am the bread of life.

    49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.

    50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

    51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."

    52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"

    53 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

    54 Whoever 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 real food and my blood is real drink.

    56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.

    57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.

    58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever."

    59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
    Many Disciples Desert Jesus

    60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"

    61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you?

    62 What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before!

    63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

    64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.

    65 He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him."

    66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

    John 6:44-66 NIV
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    Mar 22, 2015 9:08 PM GMT

    …The Lord Jesus … took bread,
    and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
    In the same way, after supper, he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this; whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

    The Authentic First Letter of Paul the Apostle
    to the Corinthians 11: 23-25
    Also, The Gospel According to Luke 22: 19-20
    Matthew 26: 26-29
    Mark 14: 22-25

    The Gospel According to John does not have the metaphor.

    It has something far worse: it changes cannibalism, metaphorically speaking to literal cannibalism, as quoted above.
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    Mar 22, 2015 9:21 PM GMT

    The Synoptic gospels put the cannibalism at the Last Supper, the day before Jesus is crucified.

    The Gospel According to John is bolder: Jesus taught this before Holy Week.

    It probably was not historic as it appears in John: it was probably an insertion into the gospel based on theological/Christological developments after the historic cannibalism during the Jewish revolt.

    Jesus did not lose ONE of the 12 for usurping Temple sacrifices--saying his sacrifice and his blood gives life but the sacrifice of animals and the blood reserved for the God of Israel is LESS important?