The Master's Men, Lesson in Leadership pg 6 of 9 pgs
- Jesus' teaching was not "difficult" (v. 60) because it was hard to
understand but because it was hard to accept. The people knew that Jesus
was not talking of eating and drinking His physical body and blood but
accepting everything that He was, said, and did. His statement was
for them to accept for the very reason that they did understand it.
As in Jesus' time and throughout history, false disciples today are
accept whatever of the gospel fits their personal inclinations and
They are willing to be identified as Christians, belong to a church, be
its work, and give money to its support. But they have no intention of
themselves to Jesus Christ as Lord and Master. When such a demand is
made of them, or even suggested, they vanish as quickly and permanently
those disciples at Capernaum.
Jesus' difficult teachings offended them and caused them "to stumble."
(John 6:61 ) "Stumble" translates skandalizo, which means to put up a
snare or stumbling block, and is the term from which we get scandal.The
original meaning pertained to a trap held up by a stick. When an animal
grabbed food that was attached to the stick, the stick would fall,
trap to capture or kill the animal. The offended disciples at Capernaum
understood clearly that to accept Christ's demand to eat His flesh and
His blood in order to receive eternal life meant to give up their old
they would not relinquish even for heaven. Consequently, they had
more to do with Jesus.
After the crowd left, Jesus asked the disciples, "You do not want to go
away also, do you?" (v. 67). He "knew from the beginning who they were
did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him" (v. 64), but He
to make sure that the twelve realized in their own minds the cost of
discipleship. Peter replied for the group, saying, "Lord, to whom shall
You have words of eternal life. And we have believed and have come to
that You are the Holy One of God" (vv. 68-69).
Except for Judas, the twelve decided to eat Christ's flesh and drink His
blood, whatever the cost. They had no idea of the particulars of the
they placed themselves in the Lord's hands, confident that in Him, and
Him, was eternal life and everything else of any value,
The twelve men Jesus chose as His apostles had in their hands the full
responsibility for initially taking the gospel to the rest of the world.
was "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ
Himself being the corner stone" (Eph.2.20). Jesus promised them, "But
Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will
you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you"
14'.26). Through the Holy Spirit the apostles received God's divine
and were the ones responsible for writing most of the New Testament.