On hearing it, many of his disciples1 said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"261
Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you?362What if you see the Son of Man4 ascend to where he was before!563The Spirit gives life;6 the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirita and they are life.64Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known7 from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.865
He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him."966
From this time many of his disciples10 turned back and no longer followed him.
67"You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.1168
Simon Peter answered him,12 "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.1369
We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."14