Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Some Tough Lessons

Why do we take on the tough lessons at a 0630 Bible study? Wouldn't a 9:00 am start be better for digging deep into the more difficult passages in the Word? Today, we ran straight into a statement that caused many disciples to leave Jesus. You will recall the one from near the end of John chapter 6 where Jesus tells His disciples that they must eat His flesh and drink His blood for eternal life. Whoa, that would be a bit off putting for most anyone except for a few vampires and cannibals. Perhaps the amazing thing about this incident in our Lord's ministry is not the disciples who left, but the twelve who stayed.

Jesus asked the twelve if they too would leave, but Peter comes up with one of his golden responses. "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (John 6:68). We like it when Peter comes through in the clutch. We like it because Peter didn't always say or do the right thing, and we can identify with that. For all those that left Him at this time, Jesus left neither Peter nor the others who remained steadfast in the tough lessons. So, I guess 0630 is not such a bad time for a tough lesson: Jesus won't leave us now either.


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