By Lisa Wilmore
Scripture Reading: Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, Verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you…From this time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away (John 6:53-66 KJV).
My Dear Friends,
Recently, I have had the opportunity to talk to two young men who are extremely successful in their daily occupations. Additionally, it appears that they are great stewards of the financial resources that they have been provided. During our conversations, I was troubled by the fact that they have surrendered to social media heresy (false teaching) that has changed their mindset about the doctrinal belief in which they were reared. They were taught, like many of us, at a young age that Jesus is the Christ (Savior)-the only way to the Father.
One may wonder, why is this discovery of these young men’s beliefs troubling me. Well, it is amazing, but not impossible, that persons who have been taught that “Jesus is the way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6), walk away from Christ and go in another direction. Interestingly, when I asked these young men about their “new found” unbelief in Jesus, they referred back to what they had been taught about Him, but felt that their allegiance should be to the Father, only. So, I asked them if they were familiar with Biblical scriptures which declare that God and the Son are One (John 1:1). Of course, they defensively let me know that they were familiar with the scriptures but they would rather recognize the Father. As a result, they have walked away from the fact that salvation comes through Jesus Christ.
Particularly, this message’s title asks an essential question-that is, “Will you also walk away from Jesus?” Before you answer this question, please be aware that there are certain persons teaching false doctrine who are convinced that their doctrinal beliefs will save the world. They are influential and may spend many hours studying God’s word and other doctrines in order to persuade Christians to believe in their belief systems.
The noted text highlights Jesus’ sharing with disciples (followers) that if they want to live eternally, they must “eat His flesh and drink His blood” (the Word). They did not understand what He meant; therefore, many walked away to never walk with Him anymore. Will you also walk away from Jesus? Hopefully, as my grandmother often said, “You are wrapped up, tied up, and tangled up in Jesus.”