Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – John 6:56-69

Grace, peace and mercy to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

We who attend services regularly and who believe in Jesus Christ’s saving work which was completed on the cross can forget how difficult it can be for people to believe in him. After all, we readily believe and so we accept what God says through the Bible. We may accept so readily we can forget that for other people, the claims Jesus made are just too fantastic to be true, or too hard to believe.

After many of his followers chose to leave Jesus because they found his words too hard to accept, Jesus asked his twelve apostles, “You do not want to leave too, do you?” In faith and by the Holy Spirit Peter answers on behalf of the twelve, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Heavenly Father, sanctify us in the truth, your Word is truth. Amen.

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