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As the people began to understand His teaching, they found it to be totally unacceptable. Besides the hostile Jewish leaders, many of the Galilean disciples turned away from Him. The popular enthusiasm for Jesus as a political Messiah (v. 15) was then over. They saw that He was not going to deliver them from Rome. He might be a great Healer, but His words were a hard teaching. Many rejected Him because they could not accept His teaching (v. 60)?
Christ asks them if they would accept the fact that He came from heaven when they see Him return to heaven (vv. 61-62). Christ now explains. He did not intend for them to eat physically of His flesh; that would profit nothing. Rather, it is His spirit (person) which gives life (v. 63). They did not accept His words and, consequently, they would not be drawn to Him (vv 64-65). Many of those who were impressed by the signs, now left Christ because of their unbelief (v. 66). His rejecting their desire to make Him their political king; His demand for personal faith; His teaching on atonement; His stress on total human inability and on salvation as a work of God; all these proved to be unacceptable for many people.
This is a turning point in our Lord’s ministry, where He confronts the twelve with the question, “Will you also go away” (v. 67)? Many people start out the Christian life and seem to do very well for awhile, but then they drop out of sight and nobody seems to know what happened. Peter had understood the teaching of his Master (v. 68). The message of Christ was not dead words to Peter, but they were full of spirit and life, and were the words of eternal life if we believe and are sure (v. 69). The Twelve affirm their confidence through Peter, but even one of them is a devil and will eventually betray the Bread of Life (vv. 70-71).
Christ was rejected by many in His day and if I proclaim His Word I can expect to be rejected. I need to be bold in my witness for Him no matter what the consequences may be.
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, "Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 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. 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.) And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father." After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?" Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God." Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil." He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.
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John 3:1-12How to be Born Again
John 3:13-24What does it mean to believe?
John 3:22-30Confusion About The New Birth
John 3:25-36John’s Final Eulogy
John 4:1-15Jesus Meets the Samaritan Women
John 4:16-30It is not Where You Worship But How
John 4:31-42The Harvest is Ready
John 4:43-54Jesus Heals the Nobleman’s Son
John 5:1-15Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda
John 5:16-23Jesus Claims to be God
John 5:24-29Four Types of Resurrections
John 5:30-38Jesus’ Witnesses of his Diety
John 5:39-47Blindness to the Truth of the Scriptures
John 6:1-14Philip Fails the Exam
John 6:15-27Jesus Calms Their Fears
John 6:30-40What’s Your Motive for Following Jesus
John 6:36-44The Reaction of The Jews
John 6:45-55Drawn to Christ
John 6:56-59Confusion of The Body And Blood of Christ
John 6:60-71Rejection by Many Followers
John 7:1-14The Advice of Jesus’ Brothers
John 7:15-24Judge Rightly
John 7:25-29Jesus Origin
John 7:30-36Blinded to The Truth
John 7:37-53Divided Opinions About Jesus
John 8:1-7Pharisees Condemn The Adulterous Woman
John 8:8-11Jesus Forgives The Adulterous Women
John 8:12-20Jesus is The Light of The World
John 8:21-30Jesus Predicts His Death
John 8:31-38The Truth Will Set You Free
John 8:39-47You Are of Your Father The Devil
John 8:48-59Jesus’ Claims To His Identity
John 9:1-12Contentment in Any Circumstance
John 9:13-23Trouble with the Jewish Leaders
John 9:24-34The Testimony of the Healed Man
John 9:35-41The Pharisees Blindless