“I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”
“No one can come to me, unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.”
An attractive invitation followed by a startling reality.
The attractive invitation is extended to everyone, but, unsurprisingly, not everyone responds positively.
Some of the religious leaders grumbled almost immediately about the audacity of a local kid claiming to have come down from heaven.
Notice that Jesus doesn’t even try to persuade these authorities.
Someone’s always going to argue.
You know who they are in your circles. It might even be you.
If someone has their mind made up, it doesn’t matter what anyone says. They will only hear what they want to.
Compare it to today’s politics of the far right and left. No one is even listening to the other side. They’ve simply decided that everything the others say is either crazy, stupid or evil. Each group only listens to those who reinforce what they already want to hear.
There are a thousand reasons not to listen to Jesus. I know I can talk myself out of or into almost anything I want.
But take a look at the bigger truth. The startling reality behind all the attitudes, opinions, and choices.
God is at work.
Even if we shut ourselves off. Even if we push God away. Even if we refuse to believe. God is at work.
And the work he is doing is one of drawing us to himself.
How does the bigger truth of God’s drawing work affect how you think about your own discipleship journey?
How does the bigger truth of God’s drawing work affect how you think about evangelism?