Capernaum in Galilee (in Israel) c. AD 30. In John’s first century eye witness biography of Jesus, Jesus had indeed been saying “hard” things – see John19 and John20. In particular he had stated that he was “the bread of heaven” come down to give “eternal life” to all who would “believe into him”.
More, he had said these “hard” words: “I myself am that living bread that descended from heaven. If someone may eat out of this bread, he will live into eternity and in fact the bread that I myself will give on behalf of the life of the world is my own flesh.” And he had added: “The one consuming my flesh and drinking my blood stays in me and I also in him. Just as the living Father sent me out so I also live through the Father and the one who consumes me—that one will live through me.” Shades of cannibalism?
In fact, Jesus, discerning in himself that his disciples argued concerning this, said to them, “This stumbles you? So, what if you may observe the Son of Man ascending where he was previously?”
He asks them to revise their shock and horror by bearing in mind that, one day, they may “observe” him, as a physical body, “ascending” back to heaven.
“The Spirit is the one making alive; the flesh accomplishes nothing. The messages that I myself have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”
He adds that his “flesh” is not what “makes alive”. It is his “messages” that are the key. His “messages” are both “spirit and life”. Although intangible, his “messages” are more real than all the tangibles in the world. Why did Richard Syvret neglect them for so long?