Saturday, October 18, 2008

To Whom Shall We Go?

October 18: John 6

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."

58 "This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”

60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
John 6:35, 58, 60-63 & 66-69

To Whom Shall We Go

After the feeding of the 5000, throngs of people continued to flock to Jesus, following Him all the way to Capernaum on the other side of the sea. For what were they seeking? Were they looking for more free food, or more amazing miracles to witness?

In today's reading Jesus speaks plainly to the people when He says, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. . . . Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”

Why was this so offensive to the people, many of whom had been following Him as disciples of this new teaching? The Jews wanted a king who would rise up and defeat the Roman armies, but this Man, who claimed to be the Son of God, certainly did not act like a king. Watching Him perform miracles was mesmerizing, but believing that He was the only way to God was just too much to accept. How could any man say such a thing?

After many of the people had left Him, Jesus turned to his twelve disciples and said, “Do you want to go away as well?”

Who was the first to respond? Yes, Peter, in all of his exuberance, proclaimed, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

Yes, Peter got it, did he not? When all is said and done and we look at all the great things this life has to offer, what should be our conclusion? Like Peter, we must pray that our response would be, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."

Just meditate on that verse as you go about your duties of this day.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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