Corbel – John 6:60-70, “60On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
61Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. 64Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”
66From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
67″You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
70Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71(He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)”
I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have been there when Jesus blessed the bread that fed five thousand, or what it would have felt like to realize that it was Jesus walking on the water, and yet, just after both of these events and some hard teaching many disciples turned back and no longer followed Jesus. What divides people most isn’t the color of the carpet in the sanctuary, it’s the teachings of Jesus. Jesus could do miracles they couldn’t count how many they had seen. Certainly he could accomplish the greatest miracle of all, he could establish a kingdom fitting for a descendant of King David and banish the Roman people from the memory of the world. The thing is, that wasn’t what he was here to do. The people were so looking forward to his comming they forgot why he had to come. Even worse, they were so busy looking for something like his second comming that they missed the first altogether.
We’d like to think that if we tell everybody our story and give them a good Bible that we’ll see them again in heaven, but Jesus says here that nobody can come to the father unless he enables them. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try anyway. There are some that God may not enable them to come to him unless you’ve talked to them first. I just have to wonder though, if the disciples that had followed Jesus from the begining, they had seen so much and heard even more, but if they could turn their backs on Jesus, aren’t we all the more susceptible? We haven’t seen the look on his face as he asked us why we were grumbling. We haven’t heard the tone of dissapointment in his voice. We haven’t followed in his footsteps, but we only have what we have learned to go by. Isn’t it all the more easier for us to abandon him?