Summary: When everyone else turned away from Jesus, the disciples had to count the cost. Their answer is still our answer: Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
“Counting the Cost”
CLBC Feb 15 04 a.m.
Theme: The Cost of Discipleship
Passage: John 6: 60 - 71
It was a difficult time for the 12 disciples. They had been so thrilled with the popularity of
Jesus. They had been so excited at the miracles performed by Jesus. In fact when the crowds
started talking about making Jesus their king, the idea sounded pretty good to them. They were
still like so many who thought in terms of a political Messiah, a great King like David who would
restore the fortunes of Israel.
But now what were they to think?
Jesus had told all these people that they were following him just for what they could get
out of it. He had taught them that he had come down from heaven to do the Father’s will, and
that seemed to be a claim to deity. Then he told them that they couldn’t be his followers unless his
Father drew them and finally he offended them completely by talking about eating his flesh and
drinking his blood.
The disciples heard the crowd begin to murmur, and complain, and then people began to
drift away, just a few at first, but then the whole multitude turned their backs and walked away.
“From that time, many of his disciples went back and walked with him no more.” v. 66 Even
others whom they were sure were real believers left, and as they looked around, there were only
the twelve of them left.
Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” Actually the actual
words seem to have been “You won’t also go away, will you?”
Yes, it was a difficult time for the disciples.
Have you ever been in a situation like this? Have you watched churches get torn apart
with people grumbling and complaining, with family after family leaving, and with some of them
going nowhere? And every family that has left has unsettled other families until perhaps you
yourself have wondered what you should do.
Have you watched people in other circumstances seem to turn their backs on Jesus? Have
you heard of people who have gotten tangled up in sin again and who seem to have left their
faith? Perhaps you have heard of Pastors or other Christian leaders to whom you have looked up
as role models and examples who have fallen into sin, whose marriages have shattered, perhaps
some who have even denounced Christianity?
It’s confusing, isn’t it? And perhaps it has made you wonder, “What is it that keeps a
person true to Jesus? How may I know that I shall not turn back one day?”
These are good questions. For every believer, these are necessary questions. There is a
cost to following Jesus. There are choices to make. Let’s see what the disciples decided.
1. They made a conscious choice
2. They made an informed choice
3. They made a deliberate choice
4. They made a costly choice.
1. They made a conscious choice
Of course it had to be Peter who became the spokesman for the group. “Lord to whom
shall we go?”
What other teacher are we to follow? Where shall we find any other guide to heaven
beside you? What scribe, what rabbi, what priest can show us words of life like you have shown