by Randy Chambers, 2016-05-21
John 6:60&66, NIV: On hearing it, many
of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching, who can accept it?" . . .From
this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
Jesus had finished explaining to many of his disciples some of the principles
surrounding who He was. But what Jesus said was difficult for them to receive
because what He said rubbed harshly against their flesh. What Jesus said did not
settle with what they in their own human wisdom could reason out. "Many of his
disciples," the scripture tells us, "turned back and no longer followed him."
Their response was to say within themselves, "I just can't understand that--I
don't even want to think about it." We like to feel secure in our beliefs
and understandings about the way things are. When something or someone comes
along that shakes those beliefs and causes us to question things of which we
have felt secure in our understanding, our tendency is to resist. We become
uncomfortable and insecure and find ourselves at the crossroads--wondering what
is right and who is wrong. We have a choice: struggle through the questions,
trusting God for the answers; or bow to the bliss of ignorance.