of the sheep" (John 10:7), did He mean this physically or symbolically? When He stated, "I am the true Vine" (John 15:1), was this a literal truth or a metaphor? When Jesus taught, "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst" (John 4:14a), was He referring to physical drink? When He told His disciples, "I have meat to eat that ye know not of" (John 4:32), or to "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees" (Matthew 16:6), was He referring to literal food?
When Jesus said, "This is My body," and "This is My blood,"
He meant it in the same way as He meant the previous examples, as metaphors. "This pictures My body" and "This symbolizes My blood." In this case as well as in the previous examples, sensible interpretations of a literal nature rather than of a symbolic nature are impossible.
Sandy had recently moved into her university dormitory room, Noticing a family photograph on her desk, her roommates asked who each person was.
"This is my father ," she responded pointing, "and this is my mother. This is my older sister Ann, and this is my younger brother Sean."
Was Sandy's language literal, or did she mean "this is a picture of my father, mother, etc."? Are metaphors also common in our present-day speech, as they were in biblical times?
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the Door of the
I am the true Vine, and My
Father is the husbandman.
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
But He said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My body.
And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
For this is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.