We have been on a journey, which concludes this morning.
The journey explored one of the most challenging teachings in Christianity throughout these centuries, but it begun four weeks ago with the feeding of the 5,000 (God Provides).
The crowd continues to follow Jesus, who begun to question if these people were only seeking for their physical needs and wants to be met through controlling and manipulating Jesus and his miracles. Jesus questions if these people desire the true Bread of Life, the bread that lasts, sustains, nourishes, and transforms them (and us) into the people God has called them (and us) to be (The Nature of Our Quest).
We witness the crowd struggling with Jesus’ teaching. The crowd questions whether Jesus is legitimately talking about his actual, physical flesh and blood. The crowd pushes Jesus “it is not REALLY your body and blood because you are talking metaphorically, right?” (Offending the Crowd).
Jesus continues to insist that he is not speaking metaphorically.
The majority of the crowd left, while other persons closer to Jesus continued but echoing the concerns and thoughts of those who had turned back.
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