May 11, 2021


Unbelievable? I Wonder …


On Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John


“So Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.


I wonder if I would have stood there, thinking

“Until now Hes been wonderful

Hes made a fair bit of sense

but now He sounds downright off.

Eat My flesh?

Drink My blood?


I wonder if, on hearing this

I would have believed, or would,

like those who heard Him then,

have found His words a barrier

insurmountable, and walked away

shaking my head that such a man

such a wonderful man

could be so weird


“Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?


I think I could have felt the same

it would have been my loss

I know that now, after Calvary,

(I can read forward to the Last Supper

from there read back to the Passover

and see that He is both Lamb and God)

but in that day, beneath that sun

hearing His so very strange words

I may not have known so much

or known enough to see in Him

the connection of Lamb and God

I would have seen a miracle maker

I would have eaten His bread

I would have been amazed as death

retreated at His command

but would His words distract me

would their strangeness offend

would I do as them

and disbelieving Him, leave


“As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.”


or would I do as Peter did

and knowing Him, stay


“Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.


Unbelievable? I Wonder ...
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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