By Arla, Oct 10 2019 01:00AM
Jesus now pushes the metaphor further. He quotes their belief from Isaiah, "All shall be taught of God..."* and shows the law of attraction at work--only those attracted to the Father's love can learn from him.
"I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate manna and are dead, but this bread a man eats and doesn't die." This had to be spiritually understood. Manna could only nourish physical life, but faith in Him would sustain spiritual life--a better gift.
He continues to challenge their thinking, "I am the living bread from heaven, if a man eats this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my body which I will give for the life of the world."
He refers to his death, offered to win the universal war. It will show God gives everything--holds back nothing. God is on trial before the universe for His character: Is He fit to rule? Satan had claimed He wasn't.
They know the death metaphor, but don't like it, and pretend to understand it only literally, using his words to turn the people against him.
But Jesus doesn't back down, "Unless you eat Messiah's flesh and drink his blood, you have no life in you. But if you do, you are one with me as I am with the Father," (atonement=at-one-ment). It is by drinking in God's love, by admiring his graciousness that we become like Him.
Then many of his followers said, "Who can accept this? What a hard saying! " and they left him. They wanted the easy way --power--more than the work of knowing God.
John 6:52-60, *Isaiah 54:13