One quick clarification I wanted to make from last night’s lesson. I may have given the impression that those with whom Jesus was conversing were Pharisees. In fact, they were not described as Pharisees, and likely weren’t. The group he was speaking with were many who had been there when he fed the 5,000, and they then followed him from Tiberius, across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. This is why v 66 says that many of his “disciples” turned back. We don’t know alot about these people except that they were probably a varied people, who had somehow heard about Jesus and then seen him do the amazing miracle of feeding all of them with virtually nothing.
I wanted to make this distinction because it is important to know that they were not the enemies of Christ, like we so often think of the Pharisees. These were just normal people. It is easy for us to write off the Pharisees (nobody thinks of himself as a Pharisee). But these folks were much more like “us”. But let us not be among those who turn back…by the mercy of God the Father. May we instead say, like Peter, “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.” (v68-69) And then let us realize that, as Jesus responded to Peter in another instance, “Blessed are you…for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 16:17). We were regenerated, not “of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13).