Mark Twain and John (John 6)

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) once said, “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts I do understand.”

John noted that at one point, some of Jesus’ disciples felt like Mark Twain. After some challenging teaching, they began to pull away from Him. “This is hard teaching. Who can accept it?” they wanted to know (John 6:60). It wasn’t that they didn’t understand what He was teaching, they just didn’t like it. It didn’t fit in their own spiritual narrative. They liked the miracles and the love stuff, but then Jesus started telling them what following Him would really cost. That part they didn’t like so much.

Jesus then asked the rest of their disciples if they planned on turning away from Him to. Peter answered in brilliant fashion. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God (vs.69).”

We have found this to be true, haven’t we? The reason that we persist in Bible study is because we can’t stay away. Why would we? We have found the words of eternal life! The words that are easy and the ones that are hard- all of them. Our study is not a burden or an item on our to-do list. For us, it is life!

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Reading Plan–Week Fifteen

Day One–John 3
Day Two–John 4
Day Three–John 5
Day Four–John 6
Day Five–John 7