On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” John 6:60
Growing up is hard. When we are babies we hear the word no many times,
No! Don’t touch that
No! Get that out of your mouth
No! Get off there.
These no’s we here are often to keep us from hurting ourselves. We cry, pout and get angry whomever has denied us our pleasure.
When we are young teenagers, we continue to hear the word no
No! You can’t go out with those friends
No! You can’t see that movie
No! You can’t have a raise in you allowance.
More hard things to hear. Disappointment, outrage, injustice follow.
Then we become adults. A new freedom We can do what we want. Go wherever we want to go. The words “no you can’t…” has change to
You have to study longer and harder to get that degree
You have to work harder to get that promotion
You have to love deeper to get/keep that relationship
We move from the word no to meeting expectations. As Christians, the teaching get’s harder still,
Love your enemy
Give to those who have nothing
Accept those who are not like you
Jesus had just spent the last few minutes talking to His disciple about eating his flesh and drinking his blood. Jesus spoke of being the bread of life to the world. In this moment, it was too much.
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. John 6:66
This teaching was too far of a stretch for them.
I am sure Nathaniel did not mind hear that he would see angels ascending and descending when Jesus invited Him to follow.
I am sure Peter did not mind hear that his new name meant rock or that he as invited to walk on water.
I am sure Jame and John were excited to learn that they would sit with Jesus in heaven.
Christians love to hear all that God will do for them, but when Jesus teaches a hard thing, we bow out heads and sulk at the notion that we must do something we do not want to do.
Nathaniel, Peter, James and John stuck around. In response to Jesus’ teaching they said,
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:68,69
What will you do the next time Jesus tells you a hard thing? Will you walk away in discouragement or step up and believe. Where else have you to go?