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Letter Forty Five

Imagine you were one of the women followers of Jesus during his three-year ministry on earth. What would it be like as you heard his teachings, walked by his side, and watched his ministry?

Dear sister,

My heart is troubled tonight. These days, many men and women often surround us. But Jesus’ words today may have changed all that. His teaching was disturbing, and many turned away. I fear they will not come back. This does not seem to bother Jesus. Clearly, he is not trying to win the approval of others.

His constant mission is to do the will of the Father and speak truth about the Kingdom of God.

Jesus spoke of the manna that the Father sent to Moses to feed our people in the desert. Then Jesus said that he is the bread of God come down from heaven who gives life to the world. He was emphasizing that we need to come to him and then we will never be hungry or thirsty again. He went on to say: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink the blood, you have no life in you.” At these words, many of the followers left us. Sister, though I don’t know what he means, I repeatedly am reminded that I need to be patient and in time, his will and his words will become clear. Over the past two years, I have seen how trustworthy Jesus is. I also know that he is sent from the Father and is the Son of God. He is the one who gives eternal life. Though sometimes I do not understand why he does the things he does, I know that they are a part of the Father’s plan to bring us salvation and prepare us for our eternal home in heaven.

Peter answered Jesus well when our Lord asked the twelve disciples, “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Peter responded,

“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.” Praise the Father that the chosen twelve disciples and those of us women who have faithfully been serving him did not turn away. However, Jesus told us that one of the twelve is a devil. Wow, this is so scary! Who could it be? I heard the men talking among themselves. Please pray for me sister. I sense the days ahead could become very difficult.

I pray all is well with you,

your Big Sister

Today’s Bible Reading: John 6:25-70

Today’s Application:

Sometimes when we read the Word, it is difficult to understand. Don’t give up. Continue to daily read through the Bible. As we read the whole flow of the journey of man and God’s plan of salvation, things become clearer. At the same time, utilize the many helpful commentaries from Bible teachers that you can access on the internet.

Like the sister in our story today, focus on the character of God. When your life becomes difficult, trust in the true nature of God as taught in the Scriptures. In the tough stretches, spend more time in worship. Be patient for the Spirit to give you understanding. By faith, stand on the truth of who God says He is, rather than on your speculations based on your circumstances.

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