60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offence at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” 71 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.
Eleven Plus One
I find myself hoping that I am not a Judas. perhaps I do worry too much. Judas, though, looked like the others and lived like the others for most of his time with Jesus. Then suddenly everything changed. Some how he was living life in the flesh when others were learning to live life in the Spirit.
Jesus was direct and he was offensive. He was deliberately provocative, but in so doing he separated the would-be followers from the true ones. The true followers saw what he was really about. They took on board his words and knew there was something unique about him.
When the tough times come, may I be one who is shown to be of you and not a ‘devil’ like Judas. You have the words of eternal life and so I sit at your feet.
- Why did people take offence?
- Why did the disciples stay with Jesus?
- Why do you think the role of Judas is mentioned in this passage?
- How are people today offended by Jesus’ demands on their lives?
- Why do you stick with Jesus?