Will Ye also go Away?
John 6:61-67. “When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profitteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you they are spirit, and they are life.
But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who would betray him.
And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?”
It is one thing to hear with your ears; But another thing altogether to hear with your spirit.
Jesus was talking to men who had walked with Him for a while. Those who had heard what He preached to the multitudes, and taught to His disciples; yet when they became “offended”, they went away.
The word “offend” here, means to scandalize. These men, who had followed Jesus, as the coming Messiah, were scandalized that He was claiming to be the Bread of Life!
To begin this we must go back:
Jesus had fed the five thousand. (John 6:11-13)
The people were so impressed, they thought He was the Prophet that should come into the world or the Messiah. (Deuteronomy 18:18-19).
The next day, they found Him on the other side of the Lake; and He told them plainly that they should not labor for the meat that perisheth, but for the meat that the Son of man gives, that endures unto everlasting life. (John 6:24, 26-27)
So begins a conversation about the Manna and the Bread of Life:
Our fathers did eat manna; as it is written He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
Jesus said, Moses did not give you the true bread from heaven, but my Father has: which gives life unto the world.
(Now, you have to wonder about their hearing: Jesus had plainly told them that the Bread of Life was unto everlasting life;
But they are still thinking of food, filled bellies, rather than filled hearts and lives)
So, they said “Lord, evermore give us this bread. (Wow, they are not following His Words at all. They been fed, now wanted to be fed all the time.)
Then Jesus said, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger, and he that believes on me shall never thirst.
And this is the will of the Father that sent me, that everyone which sees the Son, (as the Son of God), and believes on him, may have everlasting life.(Here is the everlasting life which is our bread to eat and to drink; believing on Him)
O.K. The line is drawn clear enough for some, because they begin to murmur; basically saying : We want bread we can eat from you; But to believe you came down from heaven? We know your family. This is getting to be fantastical!
Jesus begins to explain that everyone who comes to learn of the Father, will come to Jesus, because I am the Bread of Life, which the Father has sent to feed you, not with food, but with life everlasting.
Therefore you have to “eat” it. Digest my Words, and believe on me.
This is to eat my flesh and drink my blood.
Wow! Did this start a argument! How can this man give of his flesh to eat?
Some people never understand Christ’s Words, because they are light and life; and they live in the darkness of their own thoughts.
If it was not real food Jesus was giving them, then all this talk was nonsense.
So the people turned away.
But the sad thing was:
John 6:60 “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it?”
You will notice they said “Who can hear it?” , not Who can understand it?
They understood that it was it was their spiritual ears, not their minds that had a problem.
When you “hear” Jesus words aright; they should not scandalize, but comfort.
He is saying that God had not forgotten this generation, under Rome, and under Herod; but had sent His Son, to give the life He promised to them….even by the giving of His body and blood by death; if they would receive it.
They “heard” Jesus words, with ears that refused to YEILD to His words. They did not like the way He said the truth. They wanted Him to say it differently. And because He had continued using this illustration of the life God wanted to give; they were “offended” or scandalized.
John 6:63 “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
In other words, listen to the Spirit which would speak through My words; for My words are spirit and life.
If you are not encouraged and quickened by My Words, then your heart is not yielding to the Spirit in My Words.
If hearing Christ’s Words does not bring life to you; then you have not heard aright.
John 6:66 “From that time many of his disciples when back and walked no more with him.”
There were many who would follow Jesus for the good life.
But few who wanted to hear about Jesus giving His life’s body and blood, that they might have spiritual life.
This was not the Mighty Messiah that they had expected.
John 6:65 “And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.”
To live for Jesus, you must be empowered to do so. You cannot, of yourself, come to God, and you can not, of yourself, live for Him.
(And if you are not being empowered to do His Will, then something is stopping that flow of power.)
John 6:67 “Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?”
Now, it does not say whether the twelve liked the illustration Jesus gave; but when Jesus asked, the answer came instantly:
John 6:68-69 “Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Here is what “hearing” aright does: It brings you to believe, and trust in Christ Jesus.
So, will you also go away? What have you heard lately, which has caused you to be offended in Christ?
Go to Him and tell Him your complaint: but tell Him you believe in Him, and He will give you life.