Heard at Café: 01/21/2020

Tonight, we got to hear a talk from Jeremy while eating salted caramel brownie bites and drinking hot apple cider (shoutout to Benji for his family's amazing recipe). The talk came from John 6:51-52 and 56-67.

51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit[e] and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”
66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.

This passage seems a little strange; Jesus is talking about eating flesh and blood. We see here that some of Jesus' disciples leave him because they're not able to comprehend what he says in these verses. When we look at verses 68-69, though, we see Peter's response to Jesus' teaching.

68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Simon Peter essentially says that he's going to stick with Jesus even though he doesn't understand what Jesus had been saying. It wasn't that he understood what Jesus' words meant or even that he knew exactly who Jesus was. All he knew was that Jesus had the key to something greater, and it was to this that Peter held on.

The reality of faith is that we're going to doubt, but we can hold on because there's something more there for us.

Jeremy explained to us tonight that maybe doubt is a part of faith. This is Peter's example in this passage: he brings the doubt and the faith together. We can be honest about what we don't know and don't understand, and Jesus is still with us through that.

It's in our struggle and in our doubt that we can become more confident not only in God but ourselves. It's important, though, that when we have questions that we engage with it and take steps towards understanding. That's how we love God more and find our place with Him.

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