Joshua 24:1-2a,14-18Psalm 34:15-22Ephesians 6:10-20John 6:56-69


Jesus concludes his (very) long teaching on the Bread of Life.  Today is the fifth and final week we will hear a part of this discourse.  


As Jesus finishes teaching, many of his students have reached a breaking point.   They had followed where he led, and the numbers following were steadily growing, but this was too much.


“This teaching is difficult?  Who can accept it?”


Jesus responds to their struggle.  He does not assure them it isn’t as difficult as they are imagining it.  And he doesn’t back peddle. In fact, he doubles down.


“if this is too difficult,”  he tells them, “there is more to know that will definitely be too much for you.”


Many in the crowd leave.  Jesus turns to the 12 and asks them if they want to leave as well.


“To whom will we go?”  they respond. Note that their response isn’t, “yes, Jesus, we’re totally on board and we fully understand everything you are saying.”  They continue to follow Jesus because, in other words, what choice do they have.

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