Key Verse: Verse 60 – “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?"
Key Words: This is an hard saying; who can hear it
Jesus was the only New Testament preacher who made his congregation smaller with his sermon. After Jesus’ sermon to his disciples in John 6:66, we read “from that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
In John 8, the men brought the woman who was caught in adultery to Jesus. You may remember after Jesus wrote in the sand, they left beginning with the oldest to the youngest.
In Mark chapter 10, the rich young ruler came running to Jesus, kneeled before him, and asked what must I do to be saved? After Jesus had finished his message we read in Mark 10:22, “And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.”
There are those who can’t stand the truth—in fact, the truth is an offence to them.
In Acts 17, Paul preached a message on the resurrection of the dead, and after he had finished his sermon, we read in verse 32, “and some mocked.”
Speaking of not being able to stand the truth, imagine sitting in the congregation when Martin Luther railed against his congregation for being stingy givers. From the pulpit he said, “You ungrateful beasts! You are not worthy of the treasures of the Gospel. If you don’t improve, I will stop preaching rather than cast pearls before swine.”
So today I say to all the Pastors, Evangelists, Sunday School teachers and Missionaries, preach the truth! “Speak the truth in love” and leave the results to God.
What to do:
✞ Preach the Word; be instant in season and out of season!
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