1. Offended and Grumbling about Jesus.
“It was not that they found the language of Christ so obscure as to beA.W. Pink
unintelligible, but what they had heard was so irreconcilable with their own
views that they would not receive it.”
Isaiah 55:8-9, Proverbs 3:5
2. Fail to Keep the End in Mind.
“Jesus told them that there might be many things He would say that would offend them, but those “offenses” would all be forgotten when they saw His perfection made manifest before their eyes. In short, Jesus sought to restore their perspective.”R.C. Sproul
John 16:33, Philippians 1:6, and Matthew 16:26-27
3. Rely on Yourself (flesh) over Spirit & Word Chan, Piper (Bible Resources from bottom),
John 6:63, Galatians 5:19-21, Galatian 5:22-23, Ephesians 5:18, John 6:64-54
“Some people claim that we can be Christians without necessarily becomingFrancis Chan
disciples. I wonder, then, why the last thing Jesus told us was to go into the
world, making disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all that He
commanded? You’ll notice that He didn’t add, “But hey, if that’s too much to ask, tell them to just become Christians—you know, the people who get to go to heaven without having to commit to anything.”
4. Follow the Crowd and not Jesus.
John 6:66, 2 Timothy 4:3-4, John 6:70-71
“The example of Judas show us how near a man may come to Christ and yet be lost.”A.W. Pink
John 6:67, John 6:68-69
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that peopleC.S. Lewis
often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I
don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man
who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make our choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
2 Timothy 2:11-13