Jesus claims that his very self is the sustenance we’re looking for, that, even though we may chase after many things in our lives, we only need one thing: him. In our world, this is perhaps the most offensive claim Jesus makes: he—and only he—is what everyone needs. Many of us don’t like to think of ourselves as having needs. And if we concede that we have needs, we imagine that we’re unique enough that no one-size-fits-all solution exists. Still, Jesus says that he is the source of life for all. Does this offend you?
—Matthew Croasmun, Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2018)
Do Jesus’ words in John 6 offend you? Join the conversation.
And Jesus said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
—John 6:65-69 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, help me know the difference between what you ask of me and what the world asks of me.
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We often think of Jesus as someone with all the answers. But over and over in scripture, he asks questions, seeking to engage with people and genuinely interested in their responses. Author Matthew Croasmun invites us to enter into conversation with Jesus by answering the questions Jesus asks. Learn more about this week’s featured book, Let Me Ask You a Question.
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