Tylertown Campus Pastor
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. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”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.”
In John 6 we find Jesus sharing a difficult message with those who were following Him at the time. He expressed how through Him (and Him alone) eternal life can be found, which ruffled a few feathers amongst the religious elite. He then mentioned how He too was the bread of life, which satisfies the eternal longing of the soul. After preaching there were many who found His statements too difficult to believe and stopped following Him. Amid the masses of people turning away Jesus asks Peter about whether He would leave to which He responds, “Where else can we go?” In other words, Peter and the disciples resolved to believe that Jesus was indeed who He said He was. The apostles here declared their allegiance to Jesus as Lord. Though they were not perfect, they understood that Jesus was the only way and they were all in for Him. Though there were going to be difficult times, and things they didn’t fully understand happen, they declared that following Jesus was the way!
In the same way, we as Christians ought to have the same resolve. Though many may leave, though many doubt, because of how good Jesus is we declare that there is no other place to run. No other place I want to go. Aren’t you glad today that we can testify to His greatness? We can rejoice in all the times He has grown us, comforted us, encouraged us, challenged us, moved us and so on. We have this testimony of there being no other way but to walk with Jesus because we have “tasted and seen that He is good”. Today I encourage you to remember that He is the “Holy One of God” who has saved you, is growing you (sanctification), and wants to use you for His Kingdom work! Choose to rest in the goodness of the Lord today.