Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Harsh Words?”  John 6:60-71  Jesus’ words were ‘hard’ and seemingly offensive and divisive. Well, they may have been difficult to take but not so difficult to get. They may also be divisive because truth has a way of dividing right and wrong, good and evil. However, His words were not offensive; at least not in their intent. He meant no offense; rather, He meant to express the salvation of the Spirit and Word of God. In the truest and fullest sense, His words were most compassionate and loving, for they were the words of life. Those who were offended and who walked away are not the only ones to do such because many sermons, testimonies, and witnessing from the Word continue to be met with indifference and indignant attitudes. Nevertheless, His Word always accomplishes its purpose (Isa. 55:11). The efficacy of the Word will either bring one to Christ or condemn the one who refuses Christ’s reign. If the Word offends you to stumble, before you turn from it in disgust, ask what it is about the Word that made you stumble and seek to find if it is the Word which is in err or you.

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