THE HARD SAYING?---by steve finnell
John 6:60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this , said, "This is a hard saying who can understand it?"(NKJV)
What was the hard saying that many disciples did not understand?
John 6:52-59 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?".......(NKJV)
John 6:61 When Jesus knew in Himself that many His disciples murmured about this, He said to them, "Does this offend you?(NKJV)
Was the problem with many of the disciples that they did not understand the Lord's Supper? No, it was not. When Jesus was talking about giving them His flesh to eat it was in reference to His sacrifice on the cross.
John 6:64 "But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.(NKJV)
The problem was not that they did understand nor believe in the Lord's Supper. The problem was they did not believe that Jesus was the Christ.
John 6:67-68 Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?" 68 Then Simon Peter answered, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words to eternal life. (NKJV)
Simon Peter said Jesus had the words to eternal life. Were the words to eternal life that you must participate in the Lord's Supper every first day of the week? No. What did Peter say? (John 6:69 "Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.")
The words of eternal life spoken by Jesus. Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized shall be saved...(NKJV)
If men are sent to hell it will be because they do not believe that Jesus is the Christ. If men are sent to hell it will be because they refuse to be immersed in water for the forgiveness of their sins.
Does anyone seriously believe that men will be sent to hell because they only participated in the Lord's Supper monthly, quarterly, yearly or on Saturday night?