Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?…
Christ came into the world to introduce three great ideas, into which all His teachings could be classified.
I. The first was simple in form and sublime in sentiment; He came into the world to teach THAT GOD IS OUR FATHER, and urged that idea continually. Over all things was a sustaining power, and this over the most precious of all truths in regard to the being of God. The only prayer Christ ever taught began, "Our Father which art in heaven."
II. THE IDEAL OF A TRUE MAN. No one else ever did that or had ever attempted it — even in outline. He could tell us what a true man was because He was Himself a True Man. Eighteen centuries have criticised that life only to render it more radiant and excellent.
III. THE PERFECTIBILITY OF SINFUL MAN. No one had so clearly shown that man was a sinful being, or been more outspoken in regard to the awful consequences of wrong doing, and yet He affirms that fallen humanity can be lifted up and made holy. Sin was an obstacle to eternal life, but Jesus Christ had pledged Himself to remove it. He promises ,that if we will come to Him our sins shall be forgiven; that they shall be flung far from remembrance into the backward depths of space. His words will live and never change.
(H. M. Scudder, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?