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John 6:52-59The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”
59 Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.
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God does what God does. Amen.
And usually He wants to see us go forth with some Faith - unseen.
Into - the unknown - with - Hope. Believing God is telling us what is True.
Believing this plan has a hope and a future - because - of - Love.
The Disciples faced the news that they were to eat the body of Jesus.
These were kosher men.
They had seen the blind walk, the deaf hear and the lame walk.
Surely GOD would not tell THIS to Jesus???
Mary merely said God's will be done.
Jeremiah said he was only a youth.
Simon Peter had said that he was sinful and Jesus should go away from him.
Now Simon Peter and Jesus watched the 70 disciples.
What would happen next?
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60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”
61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this?
62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.)
65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
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66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.
67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
Why didn't God make this easier?
We easily could quote Isaiah 55 and say, "My Ways are not Your Ways. My Thoughts are not your thoughts."
And instead let's look at what Simeon said. He spent his life righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before Simeon had seen the Lord's Christ.
4 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also),
so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
That is the point who we - are.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
Peter was called to do this out of the herd of the 70 disciples:
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?
Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.
Father God, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD Jesus, my Rock and my Redeemer.
I ask in the name of Jesus the Lord. Let me trust in You Lord and lean to Your understanding. Pardon and deliver me from my offenses. Help me to Do the things You would plan for me and to help those I love and You have given to me. Amen.
Thank You, Jesus Christ Our LORD.
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