The 90 day NT challenge today is John 13 - 15.
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John 6: 60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” 66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him
Jesus' sayings were sometimes hard to swallow. At times there was grumbling going on in the ranks of the disciples. Yes, the disciples were complaining about Jesus. "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it". If the disciples grumbled against Jesus it is safe to say that we all have times of grumbling against our leaders. Jesus' response was basically "are you offended at me"? There are days when we all have to face offense. Offense left not dealt with will lead to grumbling. Grumbling against our leaders or our God is dangerous ground. If we are offended within ourselves and keep quiet we can deal with it between us and the Lord and have no regrets. Once we giving voice to our offense we can never talk back that impression we leave on another person. You never know when your words will affect another person's decisions. Whether you like it or not grumbling to your peers or subordinates can negatively affect them. In this case of grumbling the Word teaches us that "after this many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him (Jesus)". Grumbling resulted in turning people away from Jesus. So let's not be grumblers ad complainers. PJ