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“They Walked No More with Him” John 6:66

The previous seven pages (4–11) show God’s own definition of His Word. In the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit explains that God’s Word is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12), a divine power that performs miracles—instantly! (Psalm 33:9).Through His Word God creates something out of nothing, out of “that which does not exist” (Romans 4:17). Jesus is also named “the Word of God” (Revelation 19:13).

These divine definitions—as taught by the Spirit—are believed by some. But others, when they hear Jesus’ living Words in Baptism and Holy Communion, say emphatically, “No, we do not believe that these Words of Jesus in Baptism and Holy Communion have power to do miracles and to forgive sins! Don’t trouble us with such stupid teachings!”

This blatant refusal to believe Jesus’ Words and teachings is not new. The painting on this page reflects an amazing Bible story recorded in John 6. Jesus had just fed 5000 people with five loaves and two fish (John 6:5–14). These well-fed people began to see Jesus as one who could fill their bellies every day. Jesus urged them not to seek earthly bread for their bellies, but to seek spiritual Bread to feed their souls (John 6:27). Jesus then further graciously explained that He is that spiritual Bread. He is that Bread which had come down from heaven, sent by the Father (John 6:57–58).

JESUS’ WORDS HIT A ROADBLOCK, OR A FILTER!

As shown in the paintings on the opposite page, when Jesus called Himself the “divine Bread” sent from heaven by the Father, that which He said they must “eat and drink,” the people grumbled, complained, and got angry. Then, hearing Jesus’ teachings, the people said: “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” (John 6:60).

Why were Jesus’ teachings so impossible for most of these people to believe? These people had their own “filter” in their mind—their reason. Those listening to Jesus would filter into their minds only that which they could comprehend with their limited human reason. Consequently, the man-made filters in their minds would not permit the Seeds of Jesus’ teaching to enter their minds, to take root, and to grow.

Now comes a key point for you. WHAT HAPPENED IN JESUS’ DAY CONTINUES TODAY. When people hear and contemplate God’s explanation of how He works and how He defines His own Words, most people try to filter all of the Holy Spirit’s teaching through their own reason. That means that these people, like those shown on this page, accept some of Jesus’ teachings, but reject other teachings of the Savior.
Beware! Through His Spirit, God says that the mind guided by reason is a “mind set on the flesh,” a mind that is “hostile” to God in spiritual matters (Romans 8:7).

DON’T TURN AWAY FROM JESUS!

Don’t be like the people in John 6:60, 66. When people “filtered” Jesus’ teachings through the filter of reason in their mind, these people found Jesus’ teachings not only to be difficult to listen to and accept (John 6:60); but also many of these same people “called it quits.” The Scripture records that they “were not walking with Him anymore” (John 6:66).

GOOD NEWS FOR YOU!

But not everyone in John 6 turned away from Jesus. “Jesus said therefore to the twelve, ‘You do not want to go away also, do you?’ Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. And we have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God’” (John 6:67–69).

Note carefully here that Peter believed Jesus’ Words are the divine, living, creative, forgiving, healing, strengthening, and hope-giving power of God. Peter did not try to use his human reason to judge Jesus’ Words. Follow Peter’s example. From now on, always consider Jesus’ Words in the Scriptures, in Christ-centered sermons, Bible class, Baptism, Holy Communion, and Absolution as divine and living Words, Words that create miracles in you. Do not doubt, as do those shown in the painting on this page. Rather, joyfully and prayerfully, speak Peter’s words to Jesus: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, by Your Holy Spirit, drive from my heart all temptations to filter Your teachings through my human reason. Instead, as You did for Your disciples in Luke 24:31, open my mind so that I can spiritually understand Your Scriptures. As You did for the psalmist, cause me to thirst for Your living Word (Psalm 42:2). Lead me to say daily with Peter: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life” (John 6:68). In Your Name I pray with confidence. Amen!…
For more in-depth study of this section of John 6, go to the Bible Study beginning on page 38.

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