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The Master's Men, Lesson in Leadership pg 6 of 9 pgs

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  • Robert
    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
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      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
      of
      accepting everything that He was, said, and did. His statement was
      difficult
      for them to accept for the very reason that they did understand it.
      As in Jesus' time and throughout history, false disciples today are
      willing to
      accept whatever of the gospel fits their personal inclinations and
      life-styles.
      They are willing to be identified as Christians, belong to a church, be
      active in
      its work, and give money to its support. But they have no intention of
      giving
      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
      as
      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,
      causing the
      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
      drink
      His blood in order to receive eternal life meant to give up their old
      life-which
      they would not relinquish even for heaven. Consequently, they had
      nothing
      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
      who
      did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him" (v. 64), but He
      wanted
      to make sure that the twelve realized in their own minds the cost of
      true
      discipleship. Peter replied for the group, saying, "Lord, to whom shall
      we go?
      You have words of eternal life. And we have believed and have come to
      know
      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
      cost, but
      they placed themselves in the Lord's hands, confident that in Him, and
      only in
      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.
      The church
      was "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ
      Jesus
      Himself being the corner stone" (Eph.2.20). Jesus promised them, "But
      the
      Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will
      teach
      you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you"
      (John
      14'.26). Through the Holy Spirit the apostles received God's divine
      revelation
      and were the ones responsible for writing most of the New Testament.
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