Re:Verse reading–John 6:52-69 (day five)
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
Jesus makes a deep and profound connection between the Spirit and the Word of God. It is the Spirit that makes us alive through the Word of God. The wisdom, power, and promises found in the scripture are greater than any other faith system or pattern of thought designed to find happiness and meaning.
Are there difficult teachings? Are there passages that challenge the human heart and mind to think and approach life in a way that seems unnatural (not of the flesh)? YES! But beyond the seeming confusion and frustration there is enough clarity in the scriptures to bring hope, life, and faith.
Peter didn’t deny the difficulty of Jesus words. He had heard and understood enough of Jesus other words to find life and hope. There is life and eternal truth to be found in the scriptures. Enough to cling to in times of confusion, difficulty, and uncertainty.