I will raise them up (Jn 6:54-6:54)

“Those who eat

My flesh

And drink

My blood

Will have eternal life.

I will raise them up

On the last day.”

ὁ τρώγων μου τὴν σάρκα καὶ πίνων μου τὸ αἷμα ἔχει ζωὴν αἰώνιον, κἀγὼ ἀναστήσω αὐτὸν τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ.

There was no question that John uniquely had Jesus repeat this same theme again.  Jesus said that those who ate (ὁ τρώγων) his flesh (μου τὴν σάρκα) and drank (καὶ πίνων) his blood (μου τὸ αἷμα) would have eternal life (ἔχει ζωὴν αἰώνιον).  John used this word τρώγων four out of the five times that it was used in the Greek biblical texts in this discourse.  This word means to gnaw, munch, crunch, eat, or partake of a meal.  Prior to this point here, John had used the more common Greek word for eating, φάγῃ.  Jesus would raise them up (κἀγὼ ἀναστήσω αὐτὸν) on the last day (τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ).  There was a strong emphasis throughout this discourse on the bread of life about raising them up on the last day.  However, to get there, they had to eat his flesh and drink his blood.  They had to partake in the Eucharistic celebration with the sacramental symbolic blessed bread and wine that must have been current by the time John was writing this gospel.  Do you see the connection between communion with Jesus and the final day of judgment leading to eternal life?

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