Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?” Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you?” (John 6:60-61)
Read: Psalms 79 – 82
Relate: Cannibals. That is what Jesus was asking his disciples to be. Worse than that. He was asking them to eat him. So it would seem that He must have had some suicidal tendencies Himself. He wants to die, and for His disciples to eat Him while He is gone. Of course those who have been raised in a Christian culture will immediately recognize that He is talking about His own death on the cross and our remembrance of that world hinging event through communion.
Just take yourself out of that Christian context for a moment. Look at this from the perspective of someone without any knowledge of the history of the life of Jesus. How would they view this? How hard would they take it? What about the disciples? They have known and been around Jesus long enough to know that when He speaks, it is truth, and when He works, it is good. So what about this cannibalism thing? I just don’t get it. It has to be some sort of parable or something, right? What is He really saying?
React: I just don’t get it. What are You doing here God? What are You trying to tell me? I think I’ve said those words more than once or twice myself. Sometimes it might be a portion of scripture that I am having a hard time understanding. Other times it might be things that have happened in my life. Some of the trials I might have gone through raised the question. Some of the loved ones who have been taken from me at times kicked me back on my heels. God, what are You doing? What is happening here?
In times like that, I absolutely love Peter’s response: “Where else would we go?” If I was not a Christian, my father and my sister and my niece would still be dead. The only difference is that I would have no hope of seeing them again. If I was not a Christian, the difficult sayings in scripture would still be difficult. The only difference is that I wouldn’t bother searching for a deeper, more profound truth that is surely hidden beneath the surface. The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. The only difference is that the just sometimes know why it is raining. Even when they don’t, they realize that there is a greater purpose at work than what they can see.
God, I trust You. Even when I don’t understand You, I trust You. Even when life seems to be full of difficulty and despair, I know that You are good. Even when my mind is full of doubt and confusion, I know that You speak truth. God, help me never to rest in not understanding. Help me to always search out the answers to those hard questions and hard circumstances in life. You have called me to worship You with my mind as well as with my heart and soul. But until those answers come, or even if they never do, help me to trust You in the process. Let me ever keep at the forefront of my mind just how good and true You really are.