Fundamentals of the Christian Faith in the Light of the Gospels

by Maulana Sadr-ud-Din

The Effect which Jesus Produced on his Kith and Kin and Disciples: Disciples’ Rebuke and Renunciation

“Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? … From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him” (John, 6:60–66).

“And Peter took him [Jesus], and began to rebuke him” (Mark, 8:32).

The disciples rebuked Jesus, on another occasion as well, for he had allowed a woman of ill-repute to anoint his body with an ointment, saying that the precious ointment which had been wasted in that way could be sold, and the money so gained dis­tributed among the poor. The reply which Jesus gave unto them was neither satisfactory nor desirable. He said:

“Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her” (Mark, 14:9; also Matthew, 26:10–13).

To the Jews’ objection that his disciples washed not their hands when they took meals, Jesus said that real purity was a matter of the heart, and that outward cleanliness was immaterial and insignificant. Upon this, his disciples rebuked him and said:

 “Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?” (Matthew, 15:12).

Jesus appears to have been a target of his disciples’ rebukes; and this is not creditable.