A Word from Pastor Dave | Paying Attention to God

Dear Saints and Sinners,

In the gospel of John, the 6th chapter, Jesus says some startling stuff.

"Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them." (v. 56)

His disciples complained, "This teaching is difficult who can accept it?  (v. 60)

And Jesus responded, "Does this offend you? ... The words that I have spoken to you are of the Spirit and of life." (vv. 61, 63)

This is one mysterious portion of scripture. Exactly what it all means is more than the human mind can comprehend. We know that the “Spirit” is of God and allows us to see the truth and to have faith in Jesus. The “flesh” represents what is human.  In this text Jesus is saying his flesh is of God, and is used by the Spirit to guide us into truth.

When Jesus asks “Does this offend you?” (v. 61), I wonder if offense was his intention. Jesus is trying to communicate himself to them. Sometimes, to get our attention, the speaker must cause offense.

What would it take? What would it take for Jesus to get us to let go of our close-mindedness, our limited perception, and to pay attention. Perhaps we need to pray for God to step in and offend us so that we might see God more clearly in the world around us.

People gather in church and listen to sermons for many reasons. Might paying attention to God be one reason? Because in paying attention, we take into account those matters that the world so easily gets to avoid?

Sometimes Jesus is difficult to understand. Yet his disciples said, "Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (v. 68)

See you on Sunday .

Still in one peace,

David J Jensen

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