05/11/19 – John 6:43-71; Psalm 107:1-43; Proverbs 15:1-3
There are specific verses in scripture that I read and then feel blessed that we have something the early disciples of Jesus did not have — the complete and inspired word of God and the insight it provides. A terrific example is from today’s reading in John 6:
John 6: 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
And it is verse 60 & 66 that attracts my attention … 60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” — 66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
Had I heard this teaching without the perspective of all of God’s Inspired Word I can almost see myself among these disciples. This reality reminds me of how truly blessed we are and of our responsibility, as believers, to read all of God’s Word.