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

Strange isn’t it? The people gladly accept Jesus’ incredible miracle of feeding 5,000 with only five loaves, but they can’t believe Jesus’ claim to change their lives.

When He talks about being the bread of heaven, they walk away.

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

When Jesus seeks to turn the focus from the physical to the spiritual; most Say Goodbye.

Is this the way it is?

Do followers of Jesus come to Him only for what He can do to improve their physical lives – put more bread on the table, bring greater success in business, maintain physical health?

The Teacher’s reaction is very interesting. He doesn’t go running after them. He simply keeps speaking the truth.

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.

Students of the Teacher come to experience greater physical blessings as they follow Him, but their greater concern is the eternal life He is providing. They understand if they walk away from Him, they say goodbye to their futures.

They have come to understand from His life story that eventually the physical existence gives way to death and a new resurrected life.

To whom shall we go? You alone have the Words of eternal life!

1 comment:

  1. Many then (and now) looked for a savior yet don't want a Lord.

    What are we looking for?

    How do we handle teachings we find difficult?

    Are we willing to look at the Spiritual as much as the physical?