Jesus' Precious Blood ?

Dear Christians,

I have been told and read that we are saved Only through the blood of Jesus. 

Through the blood, our sins are removed and we have eternal life, Through the blood of Jesus, we are saved while works do not save. 

Jesus' precious blood has removed the burden of works the Christians tell me. 

They exclusively use certain verses to support their views, for example; 

"for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." (Matthew 26:28) 

and 

"So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;" John 6:53 

Now the Question I have is, Did Jesus mean this metaphorically or literally? 

Did Jesus really mean to drink his blood or was Jesus saying another one of his many parables? 

Did his "blood" figuratively mean {his works} or did it really mean his blood?

If it is truly his blood as Christians suggest, why then when his Mother (as Mothers know their son's better then anyone) was standing under the cross with 'others' did they not seek the blood. 

When the group of Jesus's closest relatives were standing under the cross and Jesus was bleeding on the cross (according to the Gospel), why did None of them take the blood in a cup or even get the blood on them. 

"And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." Luke 22:44 

"Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the [wife] of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene." John 19:25 

Furthermore, his twelve disciples who understood Jesus's mission and purpose more then anyone, would they abandon Jesus when the soldiers came to put him on the cross? 

"But all this has taken place, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples forsook him and fled." Matthew 26:56 

If they understood Jesus to mean that the Only way to be saved is through the blood of Jesus, wouldn't the disciples come back out of hiding when Jesus was on the cross bleeding (according to the Gospel) so they can be saved through the blood of Jesus. 

The only way to get salvation according to Christians, if this opportunity to be saved is in front of the disciples, why would they _forsake_ (abandon) Jesus and remain in hiding? 

If Jesus literally meant that the only way to be saved is to drink his blood then why didn't any of those who knew him do such a thing. 

Is there something that I am not understanding according to the Words of Jesus? Or was the reference to blood, another parable (Jesus meant something else besides blood). 

"My *Works* is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins" 

"Truly I say to you, who ever drinks my *works* will saved" 

Above I have changed the word blood to works. Does that match other quotes by Jesus? 

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father." John 14:12 

There are other factors that prove that Jesus was speaking in parables and did not literally order to drink his blood because the Bible forbids consumption of blood. 

"But flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat." Genesis 9:4, also in Leviticus 3:17, Leviticus 7:26,27, Leviticus 17:10-14, Leviticus 19:26, Deuteronomy 12:16,23, Deuteronomy 15:23, Ezekiel 33:25, Acts 15:20,29, Acts 21:25. 

Jesus would not order people to sin in order to be saved, right? 

Furthermore, the Easton Bible Dictionary states that the word "blood" is used metaphorically (to mean something else) on several occasions and could mean a number of things 

For Example (blood can also mean race (Acts 17:26), means to gain a great victory (Ps. 58:10). Wine, from its red color, is called "the blood of the grape" (Gen. 49:11), 

The Nave's Topical Bible says the word blood can also figuratively mean; 

oppression and cruelty, Habakkuk 2:12, Of destruction Ezekiel 35:6, Of guilt Leviticus 20:9, 2 Samuel 1:16, Ezekiel 18:13, Of judgments, Ezekiel 6:38, Revelation 16:6. 

In conclusion, the word blood can mean a number of different things and according to the Laws of the Old Testament, Jesus as one Sent by God, would not actually want people to sin by breaking the commandments of "not drinking blood" as a means of being saved. 

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