Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:56-69, NRSV)
Have you ever wanted to walk away from your faith?
The people following Jesus here had for a while and now they hear what Jesus is saying and it is too hard for them.
Sometimes life has a way of slapping us upside the face and we want to retreat into a nice dark hole and keep everything away.
Trust me I know this I have been there. When it seems like everything is going against you. Every where you turn there is rejection. Every where you turn seems to be another door slammed in your face. It is hard to keep moving forward.
So why do we? I kept moving forward because of my faith. I kept the faith not because it was easy, or honestly because it felt like God was there with me, but because of the promises it gave me.
Even when I couldn’t feel God with me, He was! Mother Teresa helped so many people when she lived in what she termed “the dark night of the soul.” She did nto feel God close to her! Yet she continued to serve andhelp others see and experience God. Now I am not saying I am anything like Mother Teresa, far from it my friends, but we do not have to feel God near us in order for us to continue in the faith!
What makes the 12 any different from those who left?
Peter’s answer is the best one yet, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Even when it is hard, we know were to look!
Keep your eyes focused on Jesus. Be Cross Eyed, constantly focused on Jesus the author and perfector of our faith!
Know your focus!