hard word test
Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2411
Joh 6:59 He said these things in the synagogue while teaching in Capernaum.
Joh 6:60 That was why, after many of his disciples heard this, they said, “This word is hard. Who can listen to it?”
Joh 6:61 Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, asked them, “Does this offend you?
Joh 6:62 Then what if you were to watch the Son of Man ascending to where he was formerly?
Joh 6:63 The Spirit is the one who makes someone alive. The flesh is not at all useful. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
Joh 6:64 But there are some among you who do not believe.” (Because Jesus knew from the first those who did not believe and the one who would hand him over.)
Joh 6:65 And He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is given to him by the Father.”
hard word test
Look back at what Jesus had told his disciples about how people come to faith in him:
Joh 6:37 Each one the Father is giving to me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never throw out.
Joh 6:38 Because I have come down from the sky, not to do what I want, but what my sender wants.
Joh 6:39 This is what my sender wants: that each thing given to me by him I will not destroy, but resurrect it on the last day.
One of the things that will demonstrate the authenticity of a disciple is her ability to respond in faith to the hard words of Jesus — the gospel truths which are a bit more difficult to understand or endorse. The eating and drinking Christ as a sacrifice word is one of those hard words.
LORD, give us to Jesus. May we learn the courage to accept all his words — even those which are difficult for us.