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"Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him" (John 6:53-56).

Think about this. Jesus gave a sermon that was really hard to understand. He talked about eating His flesh and drinking His blood, or they would have no part of Him. You may ask, "What do you mean, eat someone's human flesh and drink their blood?" That's what the Jews thought and they understandably got freaked out by it.

"On hearing it, many of his disciples said, 'This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?' He went on to say, 'This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.' From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him" (John 6:60,65,66).

People said, "Well, you know what? I can't logically figure this out, so I'm outa here." The next thing Jesus did was issue an altar call. He asked the remaining disciples if they wanted to leave also. Jesus is the only guy I ever knew to give an altar call for people to leave and quit following Him! Just imagine, as the choir is singing you hear Jesus say, "Please, with no one looking around - I don't want to embarrass anyone - but if you don't want to follow Me anymore, please exit right now."

Essentially that's what Jesus was doing. He tried to talk people out of following Him, because He wanted to see who would just be the fans, who would just be in it for the good times, who just had it logically figured out, and whose eyes had really been opened to see that He was the Son of God.

There are going to be times in your walk with God when things just don't make sense. You won't understand everything, because He's God and you're a human being. You need to decide now how you're going to respond when things don't seem to make sense, because the world makes it look so logical to not follow God. It's in those moments that you have to know you are following Jesus because you know He is real, and there's nothing anyone can say or do that can change your mind.

People can try every logical argument, every scientific discovery, or anything that seems to make sense to the world to try to talk us out of serving Him, but with the faith we have in Jesus Christ that changed our life, we can look them right in the face and say, "You know what? You're right. Some of this doesn't make sense. But this one thing I know - Jesus has changed my life and I've never been the same. I remember feeling the weight of sin lift. I remember my heart being changed. I know He hears me and I know I hear Him. He is real. He's not just in my brain - He's in my heart and in my life. You can try to talk me out of it all you want, but I'm telling you - He's changed my life and I'll never be the same."

Source: Spiritual Shock Treatment by Ron Luce
Excerpt permission granted by Albury Publishing

Author Biography

Ron Luce
Web site: Ron Luce
 
Ron Luce was the co-founder's and president of Teen Mania Ministries from 1986-2015. Ron and his wife Katie dreamed to raise up young people who would change the world.
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