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John 6:53-63 (New International Version)

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53 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh1 of the Son of Man2 and drink his blood,3 you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.4 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.5 57 Just as the living Father sent me6 and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever."7 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Many Disciples Desert Jesus

60 On hearing it, many of his disciples8 said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"9 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you?10 62 What if you see the Son of Man11 ascend to where he was before!12 63 The Spirit gives life;13 the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirita and they are life.
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