“On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”…From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him. “
You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”” John 6:60, 66-69
Following Him was not a walk in park. He taught hard things. Even those closest to Him didn’t fully understand Him or His mission. But while others fell away, the twelve kept going. Because they knew. Because for them, something had changed and at least one thing was clear. Jesus was who He said He was, and eternal life would not be found anywhere else.
We are no different. We know, don’t we, that following Jesus isn’t always easy. He teaches some hard things. And we mess up, bicker with one another and even argue with Him when He seems to ask the impossible from us (read John 6:5-7).
But this we know: We have come to believe and know that He is who He says He is, and eternal life is not found anywhere else.
What we don’t know can sometimes make us want to walk away. It’s what we do know that keeps us going.
Today, remember what you know.