Nolan Harkness on Will You Also Leave Jesus?

Jesus feels the pain of being left by those He loves. John 6:66 states, “From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked with Him no more.” (KJV)

When this happened, Jesus had just gotten done explaining the great sacrifice that would be required of them. In John 6:60, just a few verses before we are told “Many of His disciples, when they had heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can hear it.” (KJV)

The truth of all of Christianity is that there are sometimes very hard things we have to walk through which we do not understand. If we choose to press in and allow God to grant us His strength and peace, then He will bring us to the other side of the hard place. If we choose to not press in to Him, it’s a grave mistake, because that is where most people get bitter and choose to “walk with Him no more!”

For years, liberal theologians, looking for an easy believe-ism gospel, interpreted the John 6:60 phrase to mean that what Jesus was teaching was “hard for the disciples to understand.” However, if that were the case, then Jesus would have gladly given His disciples clarity of understanding to prevent them from falling away. He was making it very clear to the disciples that they were going to face the same sort of suffering that He was about to face.

During our many years of youth ministry, we would always teach teens the difference between a friend and a buddy. A buddy says things like: “Hey dude go ahead and smoke that weed, or drink that alcohol, it is not going to hurt you!” Or go ahead and have premarital sex, you won’t get pregnant! Party party; have a blast, if it feels good do it, everyone else is!

But a friend is different. A true friend says, “No, don’t do those things! They can hurt you, you can be killed in a car accident, or your girlfriend can get pregnant.” A true friend stands up for what’s right and cares about you as an individual.

Jesus, in John 15:15, said: “ I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (NIV) Jesus never made any of the disciples, or anyone else, His buddy! This is where I feel many fall away from the faith. For many, it possibly will be the hinge that turns the door for them on their way out of the Christianity they once professed!

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nolan Harkness