Lead us not into temptation…


John 6:60 When many of his disciples heard (Jesus , they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” 61 But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. 65 And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” 66 Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67 So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

The level of challenge faced by Jesus’ disciples has been steadily increasing. Whereas it was fun in the beginning, it’s not fun anymore. It’s not a festival environment with people being healed and onlookers cheering Jesus. Authorities are looking for ways to kill Jesus. And Jesus offers strange teachings about eating his body and drinking his blood. Eventually even the 12 will turn from Jesus.

As I’m reading this morning I’m wondering what it would take for me to turn from Jesus too. I’m only human. I have my breaking point. In closing I will recite the words of the Lord’s Prayer. “Our Father in heaven, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Amen.”

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