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Lesson 26: John 6:66-71

John 6:66-71
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

Related Scriptures
Luke 12:8-9 (Jesus is speaking)
John 14:6
Acts 4:8-12
Hebrews 2:3

 Background Information
We usually think of the twelve men who traveled with Jesus and helped Him as His disciples, which they were. We also call them the Apostles. All those who came to hear Jesus and considered themselves followers of His teachings were also considered disciples. Those who left Jesus in our text were members of this larger group. Anyone honestly considering Jesus his teacher could—and can—call himself Jesus’ disciple.


  1. From the previous lessons, what had Jesus said that offended so many of His followers?
  2. What hope of eternal life did those who turned away from Jesus have?
  3. What hope do people who choose to reject the salvation Jesus offers have today?
  4. What did Jesus ask the twelve?
  5. Peter indicated they would not leave Jesus. a. What did He say Jesus had that no one else had? b. Who did He say Jesus was that no one else was? c. Whose Son is Jesus in a way that no one else has ever been?
  6. Jesus here calls one of his twelve closest associates a devil. Is it likely that Judas was pure at this point, or that down inside he was already unfaithful?

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