Choosing Jesus or Turning Away

 

John 6:53-68
53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.
57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.
58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”
59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you?
62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before!
63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.
64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.
65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”
66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

How many times have you read the Bible and thought, “This is a hard teaching?”

The scriptures prescribe the BEST way to live, not the EASIEST way to live.

When we choose to follow Jesus doing what Jesus did and understanding why He did it is the deal.

We don’t get to rewrite God’s truth to suit our personal preference of our culture’s trending bias.

We SHOULD feel bad and convicted when we break God’s laws.
We should also love God enough to seek forgiveness when we sin against Him.

Peter’s response to Jesus when asked if He would leave like the others is perfect. Basically, he says, “We have nowhere else to go and no one else we can follow.”

Even though God’s truth convicts us when we sin, there’s still comfort in knowing that God never changes. The truth that convicts us also delights us when it restores our relationship with God.

 

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