Hard sayings
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Hard sayings

On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”

Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you see the Son of Manascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.  Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”

 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.  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 6:60-69

Jesus says hard things. Today we treat many of these sayings as mere trite cliches. Such as:

“Love your enemies”,

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”

“But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”

“Bless those who persecute you”

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”

I have a hard time with all these sayings, but these things are not just mere suggestions. Jesus didn’t come to make us comfortable. After Jesus said some hard things, “many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him”. Many were offended by what he said. They followed when he was saying pleasant things, but as soon as it got hard people began leaving. He then asked Peter if he wanted to go too, Peter replied “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”. In other words, Jesus sometimes says some hard things, but these are the things that God has said. There is no one else who has the “words of eternal life”.

We either accept what he says or we turn back. And being Jesus, he allows us to turn back if we want to, but to whom else are you going to turn? He says we are all sinners and we must repent. Many people have a hard time accepting this believe it or not. They don’t want to accept the fact that they are sinners and continue believing the lie that they are pretty good people. But we can’t have Jesus’ nice words without his hard words. We take all of Him or none of Him. Sometimes I don’t want to hear what Jesus has to say to me, I get offended but I know hope can be found in no one else. So I must accept it or turn back. Will you turn back at his hard sayings? Or do you just want to hear the pleasant things he says? He is none other than the Son of God. Hope can be found nowhere else, only he has the words of eternal life.