As I prepare for worship on Sunday with John 6:53-71 I have been hit by the fact there are two questions here. First - "Does this offend you?"(verse 61) and then "You do not want to leave too, do you?" (verse:67). These are very personal and challenging questions aren't they? This passage contains hard teaching - that's actually what the disciples say (verse 60). These questions need to be read carefully in context.
Though its only Tuesday and much sermon work is to be done, it seems that my sermon impact is taking shape like this:
By God's grace, what this sermon will SAY: Jesus is realistic about the discipleship drop-out rate.
What this sermon will DO: encourage us as disciples to stay close as we go on growing into truth spaces with him.
Let's keep reflecting and praying.