DOES THE BIBLE SAY JESUS IS REALLY ABSENT FROM THE BREAD AND WINE CEREMONY OR REALLY PRESENT?

Catholics and Orthodox and Lutherans think Jesus is really, that is physically present in the Eucharist. 

Given that the words saying the bread is his body and the wine his blood Jesus is claiming to be absent for he is dead. 

The Churches confuse things further by saying it is Jesus' magical resurrection body that is present and his blood too. 

This makes no sense either.  He did not say that it was anything other than his non-resurrected remains.  

From Pentecostal Theology According to the Theologians An Introduction by Hosborn Twelve

First, in the Last Supper passages from the Synoptic Gospels, the context of the
meal is not Jesus‟ presence but his absence. Jesus is preparing his disciples for his
departure, and they will thereafter eat the meal in his remembrance because he will not be
present with them in the meal until he eats it again with them in the Kingdom of God
(Matt. 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke 22:16). By this point in the narratives, the readers of all
three Synoptic Gospels have already been warned that the unthinkable will take place,
namely, the departure of the bridegroom (Matt 9:14-15; Mark 2:18-20; Luke. 5:33-35).

To the extent that fasting often accompanied mourning, there is nothing surprising in
Jesus‟ assertion that the time of the bridegroom's presence—a time of joy and feasting—
is not the time for fasting. The shock is in his claim that the bridegroom will be taken
away, during which time his followers will fast in his absence.


[Luke 5:33-35: “And they said to him, „The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so
do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.‟ And Jesus said to them, „Can you make wedding
guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away
from them, and then they will fast in those days‟” (RSV).

Concerning the idea of Jesus‟ absence, specifically in Mark, see Werner H. Kelber, The Kingdom
in Mark: A New Place and a New Time (Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press, 1974), 20, 123. Cf. Joel Marcus,
Mark 1-8: A New Translation With Introduction and Commentary (New York, NY: Doubleday, 2000),
236-38.]


The Last Supper passages are best read as a similar preparation for Jesus' departure, although one that
carries more urgency given its closer proximity to his death.

Second, I Cor 10:16 does not refer to mystical union with Christ's body and
blood, which are believed to be somehow present in the Lord's supper. Paul rhetorically
appeals to the idea that the celebration of the supper creates “fellowship
between the participant and Christ's body and blood in order to parallel that fellowship
with the fellowship between those who sacrifice to idols and the demons to whom such
sacrifices are ultimately made (10:19-20), all in order to convince the Corinthians that
they should avoid idolatry (10:14).  This “fellowship” with Christ's body and blood
refers to the common interest that all of the Corinthians have
in Jesus' suffering and death, a Pauline soteriological metaphor also found in Rom 6:3-
5 and Phil 3:8-11. Paul follows his rhetorical questions by stating that the many who
share in the one bread are one body (I Cor 10:17) with a common stake in and
commitment to Jesus' death, which the Corinthians should demonstrate by celebrating
the supper only after all have assembled (11:33-34). In short, neither the Synoptic
Gospels nor I Corinthians point to Christ's presence, but rather his absence.

My note: Paul says that those who take the bread and cup and don't recognise the

body eat and drink judgment to themselves and will get sick and that is why some people have died.

 

This denies that the ceremony is really all about celebration.  It is not a Eucharist.  It seems

if you don't let healing come to you when you take the bread and cup then bad things will happen.

It is impossible to deny that God must go out of his way to kill some of them.  Getting sick is one thing

but killing takes a new level of intervention.