In the Old Testament, God commanded his people to “not” drink blood.
LV 17:14 Since life of all flesh is its blood.
I have told the Israelites: You shall not consume the blood of any flesh. Since the life of all flesh is its blood, anyone who consumes it shall be cut off.
New commands supersede the old
Jesus declared all foods clean (Mk 7:19). This command superseded the earlier command that certain foods be regarded as unclean. LV 11:1-8
The voice spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.” Act 10:9-15
Teachings on divorce. Matt 19:7-9
The Lord’s Day replaced the Sabbath Day Col 2:16-17
Jesus commands us to drink his blood to obtain eternal life
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. 53
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. 54
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. 56
Drink it, all of you, for this my blood of the covenant Matt. 26:27-28.
God commands us to drink his blood.
Why would Jesus supersede the old command and have us drink his blood?
The “life” of Jesus is in his blood, like God stated in Leviticus:
“Life of all flesh is its blood.”
Eternal life is in the “blood” of Jesus. Jesus declared, if you do not drink his blood, you will “literally” not have “eternal life” within you. (53) You are consuming the blood of eternal life.
We transform into the Body of Christ, so we too rise from the dead.
Eternal life is in the “blood” of Jesus