Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Difficult words...difficult way

John 6:60-68
The Words of Eternal Life
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.”
Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.
Jesus didn't exclude those who didn't believe
He involved them too
giving them opportunity
to keep on hearing the message
to keep on absorbing his example
to keep on being part of his life
Always holding out hope
The way of Jeaus wasn't, isn't easy
There are those who will turn back
Our role
is to keep on offering
those words of life
the hope of eternal life
lived out in the everyday
Spirit and life
for those who believe

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