Jn.6:53-54 – So Jesus 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. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day”.
I love the comparison Jesus made in this passage to communion and the Feeding of the Multitudes. Our Christian communion meal started with Jesus and His disciples at a Jewish Passover meal. For Him God’s table was everywhere. In the church (synagogue), under the stars, in someone’s home, or even a spontaneous breakfast on the beach. Everywhere is a good place to eat His body and drink His blood. Many times we miss the real because we have only experienced the symbolic in a church environment. All of that changes when Christ comes on the scene. Here is how Barclay describes this passage.
‘There is no doubt that John is saying that for the true Christian every meal has become a sacrament. It may well be that there were those who – if the phrase is allowed – were making too much of the sacrament within the Church, making a magic of it, implying that it was the only place where we might enter into the nearer presence of the risen Christ. It is true that the sacrament is a special appointment with God; but John held with all his heart that every meal in the humblest home, in the richest palace, beneath the canopy of the sky with only the grass for carpet, was a sacrament. He refused to limit the presence of Christ to an ecclesiastical environment and a correctly liturgical service. He said: ‘At any meal you can find again that bread which speaks of the humanity of the Master, that wine which speaks of the blood which is life.’
That day when the crowd sat down in the meadow and ate fish and bread with Jesus and His disciples, more than lunch was being served. That’s what Jesus tried to say the next day in the synagogue, they were feasting on His body and His blood. Most there were only concerned with a meal that would fill their bellies, only those with eyes wide open had a clue of what was really going on. We can find the Lord’s table anywhere, there is a place reserved for you.