A Christ Filled Life – Getting to Know Jesus
There was a discontent (dissatisfied) among the disciples that were following Jesus v60 “an hard saying”. The allusion may be to food that is hard of digestion, since Christ had been speaking of himself under the metaphors of bread and meat. As some of the doctrines of Christ are comparable to milk, which is easy of digestion; others are like to strong meat, which belongs to those of full age, and cannot be digested by children, by babes in Christ, and much less be received, ate, and digested, with ease and pleasure, by carnal minds; who therefore say, as these Capernaites did, who can hear it? John Gill’s Exposition.
“Many Disciples Desert Jesus” John 6:61) When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples murmured at it, He said unto them, Doth this offend You? 62) What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where He was before? Acts 1:9; Ephesians 4:8. 63) It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64) But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray Him. Acts 15:18. 65) And He said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of My Father. 66) From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him. 67) Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68) Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69) And we believe and are sure that thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 70) Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71) He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray Him, being one of the twelve.
John Gills Exposition of the Bible- v61 When Jesus knew in himself And of Himself, without any intelligence from others, or hearing what was said, being the omniscient God: that His disciples murmured at it; at the doctrine He had delivered, looking upon it as absurd, incredible, and contrary to sense and reason: He said unto them, does this offend you? or trouble you? cannot you get over this? cannot you understand it? or account for it? if not, how will you be able to digest some other things, or reconcile them to your minds, which are less known, and more unexpected, and will appear at first sight more surprising? v62 [What] and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where He was before? for Christ was, He existed before His incarnation, and He was in heaven before; not in His human nature, but as the Word and Son of God: and He intimates, that when He had done His work, and the will of His Father, for which He came down from heaven, by the assumption of the human nature, He should ascend up thither again; and which would be seen, as it was, by His apostles; and which would prove that He came down from heaven, as He had asserted; see ( Ephesians 4:9 Ephesians 4:10 ). v63 IT is the Spirit that quickeneth. It is the spirit of man that quickens him; or which being breathed into him, he becomes a living soul; for the body, without the spirit, is dead; and it is the Spirit of God that quickens dead sinners, by entering into them as the Spirit of life, and causing them to live: and it is spiritual eating, or eating the flesh, and drinking the blood of Christ in a spiritual sense, which quickens, refreshes, and comforts the minds of believers; it is that by, and on which they live, and by which their spiritual strength is renewed. It is the Spirit, the divine nature of Christ, by which He was quickened and raised from the dead, and ascended up into Heaven, and was declared to be the Son of God with power: v68 There is no other Saviour, but Christ, to look to; no other Mediator between God and man, to make use of; no other physician of value, for diseased and sin sick souls to apply unto; no other fountain but His blood, for polluted souls to wash in, and be cleansed; no other city of refuge, or strong hold, for souls sensible of danger, to flee unto and be safe; no other to come to as the bread of life, where hungry souls may be fed; no other place of rest, for those that are weary and heavy laden; nor is there any other, where there is plenty of all grace, and security from every enemy, as in Him: and therefore, to whom can they have recourse, but unto Him? and that for the following reason, hast the words of eternal life: meaning, the promises of eternal life, which were made before the world began, and were put into Christ’s hands, for His people, ( Acts 5:20 ) ; a life free from all the sorrows of the present one. Amen.
More to come and God Bless You.