Jesus in Chapter six of John's gospel is talking to a J E W I S H audience,or maybe some might think He is talking to a bunch of Roman Catholics?<quoted text>
This renders the prior moot?
Makes it disappear?
Don't think so. This isn't Christ saying "forget all that stuff from a minute ago-I was speaking metaphorically".
Of course not! The Passover was soon to be held in Jerusalem,and our Lord KNEW,He was going to suffer and die for all of humanity.
The L a m b is the key here,and the Passover will be that feast when the JEWS remember the Death Angel who bypassed the Hebrews who had on their houses the Lamb's blood.(In Egypt).
What is Jesus telling to a crowd of his own disciples and even members of the Pharisees or Sanhedrin,and other Jews present?
The Roman Catholic transubstantiation? Sorry,not in the least. But that He prophetically would be that L a m b that very Passover to die for the sins of all humanity.Prophetic utterance is not usually the exact words for the occasion of what the event will be.Jesus spoke of a sort of cannabalism,because He knew that the L a m b which was slain in the Jewish Temple was eaten by the Jewish priests after it was slain.He knew that the blood of that creature was spread over all the Jews present to watch the sacrifice.
Would not the Jews present in Chapter 6 of John be offended as well if Jesus spoke to them about Him being the Lamb,and the Romans would be the knife that would slash his throat,and the hand holding the knife would be the high priest of the sanhedrin?Think about it.
John Chapter 6 is not a precursor to transubstantiation,but a prophetic utterance by the Lord Jesus to the Jews of His being the final lamb killed in the Temple for the sins of humanity.REMEMBER prophesies are not always given the exact details of what will happen.But in the case of Jesus he spoke of what Israel basically would be doing after He the Lamb would be slain.They would be eating His flesh and His blood.