Bread seems to be a theme for the gospels … the feeding of the five thousand, the bread of life, the last supper, the breaking of bread with the risen christ with disciples.
So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
… to me this says that Jesus isn’t just the finger pointing at the moon 🙂
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.
… Reminds me of a line from the opera, Andrea Chenierthe … I am the god that comes down from the heavens and makes of the earth a heaven – I am love
I will not reject anyone who comes to me
… I find this reassurring.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die.
… Jesus transcends Moses.
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
… the NAB says that the verb used in these verses is not the classical Greek verb used of human eating, but that of animal eating: “munch,” “gnaw” – interesting. This reminds me of a science fiction classic, Stranger in a Strange Land, where the main character’s followers are instructed to eat him after he is killed :-). These lines foreshadow the last supper and set up the eucharist/communion.