Meditating on John 6:53 today, while realizing it is April 1st and I had not pranked anyone (or punk'd, as those youngens say), it dawned on me that Protestants treat Jesus' words here and at the Last Supper as some kind of divine "just kiddin'".
There is always the inevitable "it's just symbolic" that they have been taught by root, but have never actually studied (or if they did, I'd be calling them my fellow converts). Naturally it is the Protestant leaders and ministers who are at fault here, more than the lay people who have mistakenly put there trust in an authority without authority (although many might subconsciouly like that, as when a teaching is too tough they can always say "by what authority").
If only they were taught the Old Testament, as well as Jewish tradition and history, they would realize that the sacrificial lamb is not only slain, but the sacrifice isn't complete until the lamb is eaten. Jesus is the Lamb of God . . . do the math people!
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you."
I missed the part where Christ says "naaaah, just messin' wit ya", because if we say His words are only "symbolic", than we are indeed making Him out to be a rather silly savior, and one you should avoid rather than follow . . . and many did stop following him after this saying (a foreshadowing of Protestantism?). If our Lord was only speaking symbolically, wasn't it rather cruel to let believers leave instead of explaning this?
Thankfully, it is the constipated monk, and those that came after him that are truly the fools . . .who's followers are even today being mislead. So we must pray as Christ prayed, that we all can one day become One (and how we could affect the world if Christians were united again).