Introduction: Following Jesus results in overwhelming faith, but at times it can also be inconvenient, costly, and even embarrassing. It can cause us to miss opportunities, lose business, or stand out in the crowd when we’d rather fit in. Even Jesus’ earliest followers wrestled with this tension. But one of his disciples asked a question that put everything in perspective: “Lord, (if we don’t follow You) to whom shall I go?”
· I AM the bread that came down from heaven.
· If you eat this bread, my flesh, you will live forever.
· Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you.
· Is Jesus Divine?
· How can we eat this man’s flesh?
· Who can accept this teaching?
· Do you want to leave me too?
· “Lord, to whom shall we go?”
Reflection: When transition, trouble, or temptation causes you to question your faith, consider the options; when you do, the fog will begin to lift. You will find the courage and strength to believe, and on the other side of your doubt, you will experience the faithfulness of God. When you doubt, you’ve got to ask, “If not Jesus, who? If not Christianity, what?”
1. Are there things Jesus said, or did that offend you or that used to offend you?
2. When has following Jesus been inconvenient, embarrassing, or costly for you? What did you do?
3. How will you follow Jesus as the nation is restored?