I’ve been listening to an exposition on Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s For the Life of the World, so this thought flows from that context:

One of Christ’s hardest teachings was that anyone who does not eat his flesh and drink his blood will not live. But it makes sense when you consider Christ is the new Adam — with Adam, the command was “eat this fruit and you will die,” but with Christ the command is “eat this and you will live.”

Food kills, and food saves.