Read John 6:60-71

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?”

 

But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you?  Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?  It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.  But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him.  And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.”

 

Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him.  So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?”

 

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

 

Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil.”  He was speaking of Judas son of Simon Iscariot, for he, though one of the twelve, was going to betray him.  (NRSV)

 

from Rev. Larry Grimes – Community Christian Church  (Disciples of Christ), Beech Bottom

 

            Did you listen to the news this noon?  In no uncertain terms it was reported: “Flesh is useful. Studies show that flesh gives life. Flesh is life. Polls confirm that most Americans find flesh most useful and are most fleshy themselves.”

            A minority insists that we are spirit and life. When asked if they wanted to go away, to leave the flesh, the majority said, “Like the devil we do!”

            Judas spoke for the majority. He bet hard silver, thirty pieces of it, that flesh would trump over spirit any day, in this the only life we’ll ever have.

            That’s Friday’s noon news—I can’t wait to see what they’ll have to say come Sunday!

 

Help us to look beyond the hard evidence of what our eyes can see,

and know what is unsearchable truth: 

All of life belongs to you, O God, the one true Giver.

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