“Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand. But the passages that bother me are those I do understand.” ~Mark Twain
Our senior pastor, Scott, yesterday highlighted this statement by one of the most quoted atheists before his awesome teaching on John 6:60-71. Most Christians have at least one passage in the Scriptures that makes them uncomfortable, bothered. It may be something you just don’t get, or like Mark Twain, something you understand perfectly, but have a hard time grasping.
Jesus had just finished telling His disciples that unless they eat his flesh and drink His blood, they had no life in them. Now, it’s a whole other discussion to talk about what Jesus meant, but suffice it to say He’s not advocating cannibalism.
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”…From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. (Jn 6:60, 66)
Then Jesus turned to His inner circle of disciples.
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” (Jn 6:67-69)
They had seen and heard enough to know the Jesus was the Holy One of God, the Messiah sent to reconcile us to Himself. This teaching certainly made them feel uncomfortable. But they decided to trust Him.
What is it that you are having a hard time swallowing right now? Is it a passage of scripture, life’s circumstances? Have you seen enough of Jesus to know that He is the Holy One of God? Will you turn back, or follow Him even when you don’t understand?
I have had a relatively smooth walk of faith so far. I know I will get to a crossroads where I will have to decide to trust like I have never trusted before. Hopefully, I will remember to say to Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall I go? You have the words of eternal life. I believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
If you feel comfortable sharing, would you tell something that you are or have been “bothered” by? How did you deal with it?
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