JOHN 6:64-71

 

64 “…there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.
65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69 “Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.

 

I was stunned to read in verse 66 that some of them walked away from Him! I have had need of His drawing me back over and over again but it caught me off guard to learn that those who walked with Him, saw His miracles and heard His words…..lived with Him…..experienced Him in the flesh would walk away.

 

Jesus didn’t plead with those who left. He didn’t say, “let me explain further.” He neither ran after them nor reasoned with them because He knew they could not understand unless the Father had drawn them.

 

Sometimes we spend hours talking and days dialoguing when we should be following the example of Jesus~ realizing that unless the Father is drawing, no one can come. I sense such a relaxed-ness in Jesus’ ministry. Not striving, not struggling, not straining to persuade, He simply shared the truth, knowing the Spirit would give application in the hearts of those the Father had drawn.

 

Dear Lord~ Thank you for showing me the truth in this passage today. I ask that you help me drink deeply of this truth and teach me to follow your example while I am sharing Your truths……help me hold those I love with a very loose grip when I share…knowing that the seed I sow will fall into soil that you have prepared……In Jesus Name Amen

 

 

Safely In His Grip

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