The Church Split Radio Broadcast for September 12, 2012 Listen Here
Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. (John 6:54, 55 NKJV) These are Jesus' words as He spoke in the synagogue of Capernaum. A few verses later in John 6:60 we read: Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”
It was a deal breaker- what Jesus said: they couldn't comprehend it. Just like the darkness couldn't comprehend the light, the children of darkness couldn't comprehend Jesus. They followed Him, learned from Him and called Him Master, but now they would desert Him. They would continue in their lost state like sheep without a shepherd.
In modern terms Jesus was causing a church split. Most of His following were about to leave because they could find no agreement with what Jesus taught. They followed because of Jesus fame and signs but they did not trust in Jesus as the Son of God. This spit was necessary because you can't follow Jesus if you don't believe in Him.
Today there exists two churches. The first is large and filled with those who celebrate religion and think of Jesus as a great teacher or philosopher. In this church there is little passion or patience for a personal relationship with God or His Son Jesus. The second church is smaller, embodied with those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the sacrifice for sin and the One who brings us into relationship with God.
To which church do you belong? The one tolerant of darkness or the church that is the body of Christ because we have received Him into our lives? If you are an unbeliever, being called out of darkness come into the light that is Christ the Lord and live.