“So Yahshua said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My Flesh is true food, and My Blood is true drink. He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood abides in Me, and I in him. 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. This is the Bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this Bread will live forever.’” John 6:53-59
These are some of the misinterpreted verses in Scripture. By the ‘Son of Man’, Yahshua means Himself, under which title He often spoke of Himself, because it was a title of the Messiah in the old days; and was expressive of the truth of His human nature.
Scriptural verses are often symbolic. The ‘flesh’ and ‘blood’ of Yahshua do not design those distinct parts of His Body, much less as separate from each other, nor His whole Body; but His whole human nature, or Yahshua as having united a perfect human nature to Him in order to shed His Blood for the remission of sin, and to offer up His Soul and Body a sacrifice to it.
The eating of these is not to be understood as a corporeal eating of them, as the Capernaites understood it, and since them the Roman, Oriental and Orthodox Catholics, Mormons, Lutherans, Anglicans, United Methodists, Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Presbyterians and Baptists, who affirm that the bread and wine in what they call the ‘Lord’s Supper’, Holy Communion or Eucharist are transubstantiated into the body and blood of their False Messiah, and so eaten (see The Great Deception, Pagan gods, Pagan feasts, Unveiling the Beast and Meaning of the Crosier).
But the verses are also not to be understood as the eating and drinking in the Last Supper, which, as yet, was not instituted; and some, without participating in this, have spiritual life in them now and will enjoy eternal life hereafter. Having a principle of spiritual life in the soul is necessary to the right eating of the supper of the Master.
The words design a spiritual eating of Yahshua by faith. To eat the Flesh and drink the Blood of Yahshua is to believe that Yahshua came in the flesh and is truly and really man; that His Flesh was given for the life of His people and His Blood shed for their sins. It is to partake of and enjoy the several blessings of grace procured by Him, such as redemption, pardon, peace, justification, and such a feeding upon Him is attended with growth in grace, and in the knowledge of Him; and is daily to be repeated, as our corporeal food is.
Otherwise, people have no life in them, only those who believe in Yahshua are living souls; and between these acts of faith and eternal life there is an inseparable connection.
Another related verse that is also misunderstood:
“And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My Body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’” Luke 22:19
“And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, ‘Take, eat, this is My Body, which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’” 1 Corinthians 11:24
When Yahshua said ‘do this in remembrance of Me’, He was referring to the Passover.
The unleaven bread used in the Passover and during the Feast of Unleaven Bread is called ‘matzo’, or ‘matsoh’. Matzo has stripes; Yahshua was whipped before He was crucified. Matzo has holes; the side of Yahshua’s Body was pierced when He was on the cross. Matzo has no leaven; Yahshua was without sin His whole life.
A piece of matzo is broken in half, and the larger of the two pieces is hidden away in the middle section of a linen cloth with three pockets. The broken and hidden piece of matzo, called afikoman (meaning ‘hidden’), is brought out later in the ceremony (called the Seder), to symbolise how Yahshua’s Body was broken for us (Isaiah 52:13-14), then He died, was wrapped in a linen cloth, buried and rose again. When it is brought out from concealment it is shared by everyone at the table as their final morsel.
The three pockets symbolise learning, priesthood and kingship; Yahshua was a Teacher, a Priest and a King.