It doesn’t always work out that way.
Jesus knew of these times as well.
He was teaching in the synagogue and knew some were complaining about Him. They found His words to be shocking, and difficult to understand, which made it harder to continue to follow Him.
Scripture tells us, at this point, many of His disciples turned away and deserted Him.
They were no longer willing to walk alongside of Jesus. His claims were counter-cultural and not pleasing to the crowd. The tide was beginning to turn. The crowd was thinning, as they found His teachings becoming more difficult to put into practice. It is at this point, Jesus turns and asks a question:
“So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?”
(John 6:67, NASB)
Jesus asks, not out of concern for Himself, but for the Twelve, for He knew their faith was weakening. He also knew the hardest part of His own journey was yet to come.
As I read those words, I cannot help but wonder … What does it take to stay? To have a faith that will go the full length of the walk with Jesus, no matter how difficult it may become?
The answer seems to lie in the response of one disciple.
Join me at Woman to Woman Ministries HERE as look at the response of one disciple. From time to time, we all need to be reminded of the unchanging truths of the gospel.