John 6:60-69 New King James Version (NKJV)
Many Disciples Turn Away
60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”
61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you?
62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?
63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.
65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
John 6 is a great chapter, displaying Jesus' deity.
--The "feeding of the five thousand," or how to do a lot with a little. "Jesus walks on water."
--He stilled the storm. Said, "I am the Bread of life, He who comes to me shall never hunger,, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst" (v 35).
--It ends with these sad, unpleasant words, "Many of His disciples went back .. walked with Him no more."
--How disappointing this must have been to Jesus. Let us be among those who "walk on" with Jesus.
Our Lord asks them, "Do you also want to go away?"
--Let us hear Peter, "Lord, to whom shall we go?"
--That is, "there's no One else like you!"
--"You have the words of eternal life." To heaven!
--"Also we have come to believe and know you are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (v 69).
--Jesus is the Messiah they had long waited for!
--Why, then, should anyone "walk no more with Him?"
Do we see the situation? Some people disappointed.
--Remembered Moses gave them their "daily manna."
--Indeed Jesus had fed them. Gave them messages.
--Teachings, of how to live, learn, and obey God.
--Some said, "This is a hard saying" (60).
--Some believed not Jesus, "walked no more with Him".
No one - not even Jesus - can ever please everyone.
--There is always going to be some opposition.
--God seeks holiness. We want to live as we please.
--Yet all who walk with Jesus are ever blessed!
--Our Lord will never lead anyone astray.
Indeed Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, we need.
--Jesus alone fulfills all the Biblical prophecies.
--"Born of a virgin" (Isa 7:14). Truly God and Man.
--Lived a sinless life of ministry and compassion.
--Died, in time, on a cross. For us! Then arose!
--Multitudes saw the "Risen Savior," and follow Him.
--Like Enoch of old, "I want to walk on with God."
--To continue "to the end and be saved" (Mt. 10:22).
Many walk with the Lord today, in love for Him.
--Growing in His grace, even when things are rough.
--They face trials. Heartaches in family or finance.
--Some with sorrow. Illness. Or unemployed.
--Not an easy path just now, but walking on in Him.
--They know better days - better ways - are ahead.
--They are learning that "God's ways are the best."
--They believe God will "never fail, nor forsake."
--No matter what, they keep "walking on with God."
You know what helps them? What can help any of us.
--A clearer vision of the Lord, and His promises!
--To look, not so much on a problem, but on the Lord.
--To seek God continually. Put Him first in life.
--To get a vision of the Lord and His will for us!
Florence Chadwick was the first woman to swim the 20-mile English Channel from France, to England.
--She came to California for a similar swim.
--Between Catalina Island, and the mainland.
--It was a 21-mile swim. It was cold. And sharks.
--After over 16 hours, she was tempted to give up.
--She was not only tired, but faced a fog.
--Her team encouraged her to keep on, if possible.
--She did for awhile. But the fog became worse.
--So she was pulled from the water. She gave up.
What disappointment! Less than a mile away from the shore; and her destination. Goal so near! Missed!
--Florence Chadwick said, "I'm not excusing myself -
but if I could have seen the shore, I could have made it!" She missed the vision, of her goal!<,/p>
The lesson? Friend, let's keep our eyes on Jesus. —To keep on keeping on, walking with our Lord.
--Even with whatever may come our way, and pray.
I have learned, God can use our disappointments, for our good, in giving us something better or His grace.
Why did these "walk no more with Him"? It was hard.
--They said, "This is a hard saying" (v 60). It is.
--Jesus asks us to surrender our life to Him!
--People may not want or like that, for God to lead.
--My friend, believe me, there is no better way!
If your child is ill, you want the best medicine for them, do we not? Even if it hurts, or tastes bad.
--Our world is spiritually ill, and needs the Lord.
--What message should be given? One with results!!
--Euripides the Greek philosopher wrote, "Tell me, do you wish that I should speak unto thee a soft lie, or the harsh truth?" Jesus was giving the truth.
--In fact, He is "The Way, the Truth, and the Life," we read in John 14:6. Some don't like the truth.
Fickle flattery, story. or joke, are easy to listen to.
--But does it change, or save lives, as does Jesus?
"It is the Spirit who gives life," Jesus said.
--"The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63).
--Then adds, "There are some of you who believe not."
How about us? Who are we walking with? Following?
--Jesus said, "No one comes to the Father except through (Him)" (John 14:6). He said, "No one."
--That is rather clear and simple, isn't it?
--Seems to me, it is "His way" Surely not our way.
--I recommend "His way," which is God's way, today.
--For all of us to "walk on with Jesus, to heaven."
A friend of mine speaks often of a son now going through a very sad divorce. They want to walk away.
--I feel for, and pray for, all that family.
--Especially the children.
--Something broken, needs the mending of the Lord in His great love and grace. What is God's way?
I often think of those dear ones now living alone.
--They have lost loved ones. Suddenly taken away.
--They are greatly missed. A great vacancy left.
--But they live for the Lord Jesus, and a reunion one day when the Lord comes again, for us all!
--Then, in heaven, no one sees another for a last time! But we will forever be together, with them!
Like cotton candy at a fair, the world allures us.
--Why settle for its "fluff"? Get God's best!
--St. Paul did. Believed and began a "Walk with God".
During an operation a surgeon said to his assistants, "Who is the most important person in this room?"
--At first, which one would you say?"
--They were, along with nurses, all very important.
--The surgery room team pointed to one another.
--One said, "It's the surgeon, doing the operation!"
--"No, no!" said the wise surgeon, "It's the patient."
--And added, "Back of the patient, it is God!"
That doctor was one who had been walking with God.
Why do people not walk with, or walk away from, God?
Everyone of us is important! Created by God. Loved.
--The Savior, Jesus Christ, died for each of us.
--He arose, and ascended, and "ever prays for us."
--We all mean everything to Him. Why not trust Him?
--Why not believe, and receive Him, as one's Lord?
Perhaps one reason is our mind overruling our heart.
--Or, we are just not ready to give up our old ways.
--Or, we might have to give up some friends.
--Better that we might just win them for Jesus!
--Or, we fear ridicule. Or what people may think.
--Or, feel embarrassed, to take a stand for Christ.
--Or, fear displeasing people. Just please God.
--"The fear of man brings a snare",(Prov. 29:25).
--Let's not be offensive. Give the boy of Jesus!
The bottom line, really is, what does God mean to us?
--Some day, my dear friend, He will mean everything!
--Why not now? He blesses all who "walk with Him."
I talk sometimes with one who says, "I don't need a Savior. I believe in God, that's good enough."
--Friend, that's what they had - before Jesus came!
--If that alone could get us to heaven, why Jesus?
Even the godly virgin Mary needed a Savior, she said.
--"I rejoice in God my Savior" (Luke 1:47).
--Check up! Are we rejoicing, and following, Him?
Hear Jesus today, "Will you also go away?" Come!
---Walk on with Him!
Wilbert D. Gough, ThD., DD. 774