Jesus did not use a parable or say his flesh and blood was a symbol. When he did teach like that, he made sure you knew.<quoted text>
I'll have to say I agree with much of this Mike. Where you place the necessity of the Eucharist, I believe Yeshua taught the need to accept and abide in all His teachings. He is the bread of life that came down from Heaven to show and tell us how to live and what the correct interpretation and application of the Torah of God actually is - rather than thinking the Rabbi's of His day knew the will of God at all. He corrected many misunderstandings of the Law, and He gave us of the fullness of the grace and truth of God. On top of this, He also gave many great and precious promises in His teachings... which when accepted into our lives and hearts are the pathway that leads to life that is eternal. He humbled Himself to show us the way back to God.
But not all accept His words. He said only those who are the Fathers' can accept His words. Those not of God cannot hear Him because they have a different father.
Truly, and enemy has crept in and sown weeds amongst the wheat of God.
We know them by whether they seek to do as He instructed and are willing to repent of anything they need to abide in His word indeed.
The Kingdom of God is like..... t. In the bread discourse, unless you eat (actual translation is gnaw) by body and drink my blood you will not have eternal life.
Not, my body is like bread.
When protesters say, the bread looks like bread and the wine looks like wine.
Show me your soul. Show me gravity. With God anything is possible. In this case he specially says it is possible.