Thoughts: Again we have Jesus speaking this high theology about the Sacrament of the Table (Holy Communion) and his using the manna in the wilderness as a kind of prefiguring what God was now doing in Jesus. The manna came done, but it was a temporary solution and good only for physical hunger. The Son has now come down and he is a permanent solution for spiritual hunger. The word "abide" is very important in John's gospel. In the beginning it is interpreted as "where are you staying" when the disciples respond to Jesus' question of "What are you looking for?" It is more than a location, but suggests to what are you connected. Where do you draw your source of life? To this Jesus said, "Come and see." Now he is using this word to suggest that not only does he 'abide' in the Father, but all those who 'abide' (are connected) to him will have eternal life. So early on in John's Gospel the first question is: "What are you looking for?" "Where do you abide Jesus," ask the new disciples. "Come and see," he says. Now they are called to abide in him!
Questions: This language of eating flesh and drinking blood is very graphic. Why do you think Jesus used such graphic language to talk about communion? Lutherans hold to the fact that Jesus is 'really present' in the Holy Communion. How do you think this passage informs that theological understanding?