It is possible to be a walking encyclopedia of Bible knowledge and know all the answers without knowing Him who is the Answer. It is possible to work in a travel office, sell tickets, hand out posters, and talk glibly of foreign lands without ever leaving the old home town. It takes more than a suitcase covered with foreign labels to make a world traveler. We can make a living by handling the things of God without knowing them first-hand. One can make a business of starting others toward the Promised Land without ever leaving Egypt.
WILL YE ALSO GO AWAY?
Will ye also go away?
As recorded in the sixth chapter of John, Jesus lost His crowd. And if today we really faced the impact of that sermon He preached on the Bread of Life would not most of us say, “This is an hard saying: who can hear it?” Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” How many, think you, of our present comfortable Sunday-morning churchgoers are ready for that?
The appropriation of Christ our Life by faith – what strange doctrine that is to the average soul! Men follow for loaves and fishes, but they walk out on Him when they discover what He really means. This sort of preaching still will thin out congregations. “This is an hard saying” – we will go elsewhere and hear book reviews.
“Christ our Life” – preach that and you will lose the crowd, but you will have the Irreducible Minimum who say with Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the Living God.”