John 6: 25-69 ESV “…so the Jews grumbled about him…vs. 41.”
Grumbling. Nothing more than cynical, sarcastic, willing skepticism. A refusal to accept the status quo or to advance in faith. The Jews had allowed a mindset to become so entrenched that when Jesus inserted understanding they had no room for it and it became to them a pinched nerve. The truth of the bread of life could have loosened their wrangled attitude freeing them to see their Savior and Provider. But instead it became a fiery impulse of disbelief, which intensified their grumbling into a murderous hatred and they, along with those who could not handle the taste and texture of perfect food, locked their lips and turned away.
“…so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. vs.57”
I love that Jesus refused to placate their contemptuous questioning. Instead, He scandalously defined His divinity by revealing the depth of His requirement for saving us. We will consume Him as He becomes to us, consumable. Christ in us. It is a hard saying and only those who have been granted a place at the table of Lord, can understand it. That is why so many walk away when the flesh and blood of Jesus causes in them holy heartburn. But Jesus does not leave us in this awkward digestive state. He gives us living water through the Spirit who quiets our discomforts, brings truth to doubt, answers to questions, and new life through His nourishment. Born again.
I resonate with Peter when he answered Jesus’ question to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
Yes Jesus, to whom shall I go.