Many Leave Jesus; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.

The crowd was murmuring around us, some of Jesus’ other disciples among them, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”

Some rabbis purposely said difficult and demanding things to weed out weaker, uncommitted followers.

Jesus looked around at the crowd, listening. Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.  Yet there are some of you who do not believe.

More grumbling. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.

Not actual cannibalism. That’s good. Still, it didn’t sit well with people. I watched as many of his disciples turned back and left. Jesus looked at them sadly, then turned towards us.

You do not want to leave too, do you?

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!

Who was he talking about?

John 6:60-71

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