“Do You Want to Leave Too”
Jesus had just finished some difficult teaching. Many of his listeners were troubled by His words and left. As we talked about yesterday, many were following Jesus for the free ride. They liked free meals, Jesus was the best Dr healing His patients. But when they found out the difficulties that might come their way for following Jesus, they left. And Jesus asked this thought of the disciples. The tense of the greek verbs let us know Jesus expected that they would stay.There are people today, who follow Jesus for the supposed freebees. Then when their lives have trouble, they desert Jesus.
Please read the following verses.
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. 64 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. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.” 66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” NIV
Believers know that following Jesus is no guarantee for an easy prosperous life on this earth. However, we have Christ’s promise to never leave or forsake us in life’s joys and sorrows.
Lord Jesus, it is my fervent desire to stay with You during the thick and thin of life. May Your Holy Spirit lead, guide, and direct me to follow Your will for my life. Amen. Be Blest, Be a Blessing.