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How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” and then by walking away from Him altogether, taking the number of the followers of Jesus from huge crowds of thousands down to the 12.
So, what did Jesus mean when He said that we must eat His flesh and drink His blood in order to have eternal life and to abide in Him? Well, as strange as His language is, Jesus is talking about faith. It is clear in the context of John 6 that eating Jesus' flesh and drinking His blood are other ways of talking about coming to Him and believing in Him.
How can we know this? Well, Jesus says that whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood "has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." Well, this is exactly the same language He uses in verse 40: "For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." It's also very similar to the language of verses 44 & 47: " . .