John 6:61-70 : But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? Then what if you would see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life. But there are some of you who don’t believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who didn’t believe, and who it was who would betray him. He said, “For this cause have I said to you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father.” At this, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Jesus said therefore to the twelve, “You don’t also want to go away, do you?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered them, “Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” Now he spoke of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, for it was he who would betray him, being one of the twelve.
There are many times that I don’t understand what the Bible is saying at first. In some places, I have never understood. I think that some of God’s words are not for now, but for some future time when it will be more clear. No matter what Jesus says, I don’t have trouble accepting what I don’t understand because I have come to trust Him. I am also aware that He speaks spiritual words.
The idea that God speaks mysteries is well documented in the Old Testament. Listen to what it says in the book of Proverbs:
Proverbs 25:2 : It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
As I think about it, I realize that when the Old Testament was written, there was a great deal yet to find out about. Many important things were written about ahead of time in the Old Testament, but some of it would have been pretty hard to fully understand beforehand.
This concept of Jesus body being a sacrifice that will bring life to humanity is truly something unique and talking about it in advance, even with a metaphor must have been pretty difficult. But, when you trust someone and believe in them, you make an attempt to understand. Especially, if you believe that they are speaking the words of God.
In this part of the life of Jesus, many people stopped following Him because of what He said. They had been His disciples, but gave up on Him. Jesus had chosen 12 of them and, miraculously, none of them wanted to go. Notice that there were others called “disciples” who weren’t “the twelve.” The fact that The Twelve still believed is a demonstration of the keeping power of Jesus and the power of God’s word in us when He draws us to Jesus
Here, also, Peter confessed that thought that Jesus was the Messiah. They had witnessed quite a bit by now. They had seen people get healed and fed. They had watched as Jesus walked on the water and were miraculously transported across a lake. They were living closely to Jesus and really knew what He was like.
Here we also witness the incredible blindness of unbelief. The people who witnessed a miraculous meal just got up and left when Jesus said something difficult to understand. Not only that, there was one of the 12 closest ones who was going to betray Jesus to His death. This reminds me of the blindness today concerning things like evolution. It is really quite ridiculous to think that it is somehow scientific to believe that everything just came from nothing without a designer. It is definitely not a better argument than Christianity has, but yet this argument is commonly taught as science today.