Monday, March 28, 2016

Will Ye Also Go Away?

In the sixth chapter of the gospel of John, Jesus speaks in the synagogue about eating his flesh and drinking His blood.  He says that these words are "spirit," but the people tell him this is a "hard saying."  They have difficulty understanding it.  In fact, it is a passage that is still grossly misinterpreted by major religions.

However, I am not going to discuss the meaning of this passage.  As I mentioned, the people who heard these words struggled greatly with them.  The concept was so difficult to comprehend that many stopped following Christ that day.

John 6:66 - From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

(Hmm...maybe someone should do a numerology explanation of this verse.  But, I digress.)

It is known that there were not only 12 disciples.  There were many who followed Christ.  As any man, Christ had friends and then He had close friends.  The close friends and followers are known as THE 12 disciples.  But, that day, His many disciples became much less.  He lost many in just a few words.  

John 6:67 - Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

Jesus, the Friend of friends, after watching many followers turn their backs and walk away, turns to His closest friends and asks, "Will ye also go away?"  

Will you leave Me, too?  
             Will you abandon Me?  
                                     Desert Me?  
                                             Forsake Me?

If you have spent any amount of time saved and in the church, you have undoubtedly seen people walk away.  We all have.  They may be people we don't know well, but often they are our friends, our family; sometimes, our pastor.  Our loved ones see something that is too difficult for them.  They experience hardships they don't understand.  They are hurt, confused, disappointed.  So, they give up.  They walk away....from Jesus.  Not just the church.  Not just the congregation.  Not just you.  They walk away from the best Friend they ever knew.  They walk away from Jesus.  

You watch it happen.  You listen to your friend...your brother or sister...your church leader.  They surprise you by having seemingly good reasons for leaving.  You may even be tempted to leave it all as well.  

What's the point?
           People are hypocrites.
                     The pastor is insensitive.
                                  Look at all those who have left and are having the time of their lives!

It is then that Jesus looks at you and asks, "Will ye also go away?"

After all I have done for you?
                                Given you life.
                                       Provided the most basic necessities.
                                                 Loved you.  Listened to you.  Cared for you.
                                                                                                            Died for you.

Will ye also go away?

"I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."

"Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

"As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you."

"I have called you friends."

"I have chosen you."

Jesus has His hand reached out to you as you decide whether to turn your back and walk away or to turn to Him and grasp a hold of His hand once again.  He's not leaving.  He isn't taking His love and friendship anywhere.  He won't forsake you.

Will you forsake Him?

Will ye also go away?   

Like your friend who's on their second failing marriage?  Like your brother who is high on drugs this weekend?  Like your pastor who has lost it all?  

Will ye also go away?

May we answer like dear Peter:

John 6:68-69 - Lord, to whom shall we go?  thou hast the words of eternal life.  And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

The road may will get hard.  His Words will seem difficult to comprehend at times.  He may even seem far away.  But, where will we go?  

Trust.  Keep holding His hand that He has out to you.  

You are His friend, His chosen.  You are His beloved.  You are the one He will never leave nor forsake.  

How could you go away from such a Friend?

Stay and follow.

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