AN UNACCOMMODATING DISCIPLESHIP

“Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, ‘This a a difficult statement; who can listen to it’” (John 6:60).

For all but twelve of those who called themselves disciples (students) of Jesus, his preceding bread of life sermon (v.26-58) raised issues that were difficult not to understand but to accept. That is, the expectations set forth did not accommodate their expectations of what a messianic kingdom would be and, more especially, their role within it. They jumped on the Jesus movement because they found it to be exciting, new, and entertaining; having come to believe that what they had so far witnessed was a performance for their benefit (See v.2, 30). As every wannabe disciple eventually discovers, Jesus didn’t come to accommodate but to call to account.

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