When Yeshua asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”, Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” It was the correct answer, but Yeshua warned the disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Messiah. Why?
Peter posed a question that each disciple must ask of himself as he comes face to face with the Master and His super-rational claims. The disciple must take Yeshua at His word or turn away and leave with the others who abandoned Him.
In John 6, many of Yeshua’s followers took offense at His difficult words and turned away from following him. We ordinarily explain that the Jewish disciples found the imagery of eating His flesh and drinking His blood offensive, but that would mean they took the metaphor literally. Instead, His statement about descending from above offended the crowds.
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