Daily Bible Reading – John 5, 6
Today’s Key Passage – John 6:53-69
Jesus said that He was the Bread of Life. While he did not literally mean that the disciples should eat of Him as bread and drink His blood, for some of the disciples the imagery of His statements was simply too difficult to understand. This shocking message sounded cannibalistic to some of the disciples, and we learn that at this point, “many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him”. (6:66) They may have deserted Jesus because they realized that He was not going to be the Messiah King they expected Him to be, or maybe they deserted Him simply because His teachings were difficult to understand and some of His words might offend them. Either way, Jesus made it clear to the disciples (and to us) that there are really only two choices when it comes to Him – we can choose to accept Him or reject Him. That is it. There is no middle ground.
As we all walk the Christian life, there are going to be many times when we may be tempted to desert Jesus. Some of His teachings are difficult, either because we cannot understand them completely, or because they are so convicting of our sins. As an example, some people have a difficult time accepting Jesus teaching about money and possessions. Jesus made it clear that we should not be so concerned with storing up our money and possessions and trying to have it all, but we should instead give of our money, time, and talents to further His Kingdom. For many, this is a difficult concept because it goes against everything we have been taught by the world since we were very young. What happens, then, is that some people decide to ignore that part of Jesus teaching. Unfortunately, it does not work that way. We do not get to choose which parts of Jesus’ teachings we are going to adhere to in our lives. When we do this, and we reject a part of Jesus’ teaching, we are effectively deserting Jesus in that moment just like so many of the disciples did when they could not understand His teaching on being the Bread of Life.
Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me”. He tells us that every day, we must make a choice to follow Him completely. When His teachings seem difficult or when they convict us of sin, pray for God to give us understanding of His Word and the courage to act on His truth. Peter summed it up best when Jesus asked if the twelve also wanted to desert Him by saying, “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.” (6:68-69) Following Jesus is the only way to eternal life. He is our only hope, and our only option, and what a beautiful option it is.
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