Matthew 26:26-28-- "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed
it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this
is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which
is shed for many for the remission of sins."
Mark 14:22-24-- "And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and
brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And
he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they
all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament,
which is shed for many."
Luke 22:19-20-- "And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave
unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in
remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the
new testament in my blood, which is shed for you."
The above three Gospel passages record the Institution of the Holy Eucharist
by Christ Himself at the Last Supper. Take note that He does not say "This resembles
my body" or "This is symbolic of my body". He says "This is my body."
His words in the passage below from the Gospel of John confirm this.
John 6:53-58-- "Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life
in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and
I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood
is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in
me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father:
so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came
down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth
of this bread shall live for ever."