After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.
60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them,“Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?63 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.64 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.)65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
The irony is that in response to Jesus telling the crowd that only those called can come, a large number of them leave.
Jesus basically says, “It’s My Way or the highway (or low-way in this case)” (VVCSV)
They choose highway.
Which makes sense.
The flesh profits nothing.
It could not choose Him without His consent.
But what started all of this hoolabaloo?
Two words:“Eat me” (VVCSV)
There are things about God you have to accept when you sign up like the tension between God being BOTH completely in control and completely good.
If He is completely in control, why does He allow or will so much bad?
If He is completely good, why doesn’t He take more control?
Does He care? If He does why _____?
Is He capable? If He is then why not _____?
That is upper echelon tension.
These folks had a more simple, in your face dilemma.
Person 1: Did He just say, “Eat me”?
Person 2: I think He did.
Person(s) 1 & 2: That is crazy!!!
66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
When you put your stock in with Jesus, you accept a lot of that which you do not understand.
That is not to say that understanding is not available or worth seeking.
It is more of a commentary on the fact that finite creatures are grappling with the Finite.
There should be more we do not understand in many circumstances.
Are you so committed to Him to be totally confused and frustrated and yet confess allegiance to Him alone?
Or do your feet flee to what you hope are firmer foundations when He acts or does not act in a way that confuses you?
The flesh profits nothing, but Jesus’ flesh profits everything.