Hard Words, Harder Hearts (John 6:59-71)Pastor Matt Prine, June 19, 2011
Part of the To Belief series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Today, we explore John 6:59-71 and conclude the conversation surrounding the bread of life. This passage carries some pretty hard words from Jesus, yet they are the words of eternal life. Amazingly, many of His "disciples" ended up grumbling and walking away from Him, unable to accept what He was saying. Throughout scriptures, we are faced with passages just like this one. Is our tendency to humbly submit to Jesus' words, trusting that He gives life? Or do we grumble against Him, find others who support our opinion, or simply walk away? Lord willing, we will be faithful like Peter, confessing that Jesus is the only ONE who has the words of eternal life.
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59These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 61When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 65And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 70Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve. (KJV)