So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. John 6:53
This is one of Jesus hardest teachings for people to understand, when Jesus taught this many people stopped following him. Why? Because they didn’t understand what Jesus was saying. Just like when Jesus was trying to teach Nicodemus the concept of being “Born Again” he was taking it literally instead of “Spiritually”, the same was happening with this teaching
Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” John 6:60
Many of Jesus own disciples said “This was a difficult or hard teaching” “Who can listen or accept it?” The Bible has many hard teachings, however that doesn’t mean we can dismiss or ignore them. God has a purpose for all his teachings and revelations. The reason nobody could understand this teaching was because they were thinking from the flesh and not by the Spirit
But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? John 6:61
Jesus knew many would have problems with this teaching, but he wanted to see if they would still trust him. Would they still obey God even if it offends them? We see this a lot in Christianity today, many get offended by The Bible, therefor walk away from God. But this shows our true character, do we love ourselves more than God? Do we not trust God enough to follow him?
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. John 6:63
Jesus taught about Spiritual issues, therefor those who look at things from the flesh, don’t understand. We know that he was teaching them about communion (Lords Supper) the bread is symbolic of his flesh and the wine is symbolic of his blood. It makes sense to us today but at the time many didn’t understand and it caused them to stumble in their faith
Don’t allow hard or difficult teachings in the Bible to make you stumble in your faith. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance, keep seeking for answers, and most importantly trust in Jesus!