Jesus and His Hard Words

60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, ‘This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?’  Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, ‘Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life.

Many people understand and still deny God’s word (Romans 1.21,25,32)

The “offense” of God’s Word is removed by God’s Spirit  (1 Cor 2.12-13)

64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.’
66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

There are some among ‘us’  who do not believe (Matthew 7.21-23)

67 ‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve.

68 Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.’

70 Then Jesus replied, ‘Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!’ 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)

The converted want to stay with Jesus (Colossians 3.1-5)

I will set my face to seek the Lord
I will set my face to seek the Lord
Give my full attention to my God
I will listen for His voice
I will listen for His voice

My wonderful counsellor
My teacher reminder
Revealer my healer
My strengthener repairer
Refiner my Jesus
My Saviour my wonderful God

Forerunner and finisher
My conqueror deliverer
Restorer my anchor
My fire uniter
Redeemer my Jesus
My Saviour my wonderful God

I will set my face to seek the Lord
I will set my face to seek the Lord
Give my full attention to my God
I will listen for His voice
I will listen for His voice

My creator defender
My maker instructor
Commander my warrior
My shelter my helper
My leader my Jesus
My Saviour my wonderful God

My shepherd my gatherer
Refresher rewarder
Protector inspirer
Provider my portion
Forever my Jesus
My Saviour my wonderful God

The 1 John Test

1.Do you walk in the light or the darkness?

2.Do you admit you are a sinner?

3.Do you keep his commandments?

4.Do you strive to live like Jesus?

5.Do you love the world? Or do you love God’s will?

6.Do you believe Jesus of Nazareth is God incarnate?

7.Do you make a practice sin?

8.Do you make sacrifices for others?

9.Do you make an effort to live like Jesus?

10.Do you confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh and is God?

11.Do you read the Bible and accept to what it says?

12.Do you believe God loves you? Do you love others?

13.Do you desire to obey his commandments? Are they burdensome?