Jesus said some interesting statements which oftentimes don’t make sense or are not popular.
This weekend, David spoke from John 6 – where Jesus was challenging His followers to make a choice. He had done a miracle in feeding people (which made him popular because who doesn’t like food?) and everyone was expecting him to continue meeting their physical needs, but in these verses Jesus is moving from the physical (eating food) to the spiritual (eat My flesh – drink My blood). He was asking the people (then and now) to realize that beyond physical needs, there is a spiritual need that must to be addressed. Will we continue to choose Him over the comfort of what’s easy?
There are seasons in life that are tough and the easiest thing would be to walk away from being a Christ follower. Sometimes doing the right thing is unpopular and the explanation of why or the understanding of what He asked us to do is uncomfortable or odd to those around us. And yet in the midst of those moments, in the trials, the temptations, the circumstances that are out of our control, the transitions…. we are confronted with questions; the same questions that Jesus asked His followers… (John 6:67) “Are you going to leave too?” His followers had a choice then and we have the same choice. In the midst of tough things, do we make the choice to walk away from Jesus or have that realization that when we walk away from one thing (Jesus) – we walk toward something else?
If we are not following Jesus, whom or what are we following?