Standing up for the hard truths of scripture can take a toll on me. Sometimes I feel rejected for believing certain doctrines. Often, I have to give up things I would otherwise enjoy if not for my convictions. Is being so theologically minded worth all this trouble?
I look to Jesus for an answer.
In John 6, Jesus was teaching hard truths about his divine nature and saving power. He said things like
“For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” (v.55-58)
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” (v.60)
Jesus did not waiver.
And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. (v.65-66)
Jesus was rejected. His teaching was too hard. But is it too hard? Am I being too hard? Then Jesus looked to the disciples that had not left.
Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” (v.67-69)
As hard as God’s truth is sometimes, Peter is right. God’s words are the words of life and the only words of life. Whatever trouble comes with it doesn’t change the nature of God’s word. His words remain the only words of life.