“On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before!”
– John 6:60-62
These words Jesus said to his disciples after telling them something very shocking. Though he explained his apparently shocking speech, many thereafter refused to walk with him and instead, returned to their old ways. (John 6:66) Many, but not all.
What did Jesus say that was so offensive? And why would Jesus even say shocking speech to a crowd of spiritual babes? An examination of his words reveals the wisdom of his conduct that day. And we, today, can take the experience as an object lesson that can expand our spiritual horizons and draw us closer to the Father.