John 6:66 – From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Misunderstandings, arguments, and misconceptions fomented hostilities and the rejection of Jesus’ message. Some in the crowd wanted a political Messiah while others wanted a carbon copy of Moses to follow. Jesus’ teachings were puzzling to those focused only on the physical plane of life. Although Jesus offered a gift far better than that of Moses, manna, or macro-politics, the people forsook Jesus when people did not hear what they wanted to hear.
What was that gift?
Jesus offered himself as the abiding, living reality of life, and the offer was available to anyone who would accept the truth by faith (6:53, 63-65). The words of Christ are powerful and life giving, but without faith they will not yield a profit (see also Hebrews 4:2). Peter understood the significance of the offer and the necessity to receive it. In voicing his allegiance, Peter clarified the exclusivity of Jesus as the only source of eternal life and claimed the inclusive offer (6:67-69). Anyone could receive eternal life from Jesus if they recognized that only his righteousness can prevail for their redemption. Jesus is the transcendent God who showed the nature of God the Father in his works, by his words, and through his character.
The Father will draw all people to the cross (John 12:32), and everyone has a choice to make (John 12:35-36). Many chose to walk away, but a few remained (6:66-69).
The choice is yours. Following Jesus is not a one-time decision; it is a choice to daily take up your cross with Christ and follow him (Luke 9:23). What decision will you make when misunderstandings arise, as arguments ensue, and misconceptions are formed about Jesus, his teachings, and his work in your life?
Christ is asking you, “Will ye also go away?”
The choice is yours.
Daily Reading: John 6:52-71
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