In our world today there are great truths that are very difficult to face. Honestly, I want to believe that the normal every day people of other countries are like you and I, just trying to scrape out a living everyday living. Only the religious and political leaders are the ones who push so hard on their pet projects and press to exert control over the masses. We want to believe that every day people are in essence just good people caught up in bad situations. The normal people are simply caught up in and identified with the zealousness and wickedness of certain leaders. We think that like the everyday Germans were identified with Hitler, many are evil by association not in actuality. However, when we look at the more broad testimony of man and consider we have a choice to follow or not, we realize everyone has hard truths to face.
Hard truths are never simple, but we are the complicators. They are often direct facts we have to deal with. People who care the most for us usually share these truths, they seldom sugar coat it but more frequently lean on the more personal relationship, the history of care and concern, the deep wells of strength developed in each relationship. Because they are closer, they are supposed to be able to be truthful.
On the other side of the spectrum, hard truths also come from individuals you do not know well. These are harder to take because we quickly become defensive. Equally, they can be easier to accept because the person has no other motivation than to be truthful.
However you look at it, truth is often very hard to accept, especially when it challenges our personal desires, long held beliefs and our personal common sense. Truth is tough to take.
This is where Jesus was in John 6:59-62. He is trying to tell His disciples and those present in the synagogue that He understands the words being spoken and the concepts He is communicating are difficult. Jesus’ mission was never about pleasing or appeasing man, but to save mankind by pleasing and appeasing the Father as a man. The hard truth is that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. The hard truth is that you must make Him a part of your life. The hard truth is that you must change to be like Jesus. Those are hard truths. Accept Jesus, live through Him, let Him change you. You might be surprised.