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To whom can we go?

Updated: Sep 4, 2021


In John chapter six, Jesus is in the Synagogue, and he taught his disciples and the people with him.


Peter’s recognition of Jesus as His Lord is important to John as an author. Secondly, he makes it clear there is no one else to whom they can go. This is not because of their limitation or bondage in Jesus or lack of resources. Peter states why there is no one equal to Jesus. He has the words of eternal life.

He spoke to the audience about his purpose, but his disciples responded negatively to the message. Some of them stated that the words were difficult, and they decided to walk away and go back to their homes.


In John chapter six, Jesus is in the Synagogue, and he taught his disciples and the people with him. Peter’s recognition of Jesus as His Lord is important to John as an author. Secondly, he makes it clear there is no one else to whom they can go. This is not because of their limitation or bondage in Jesus or lack of resources. Peter states why there is no one equal to Jesus. He has the words of eternal life. :66, NRSV) God always gives us choices. We can and must decide if we want to continue to follow him. It comes down to the same principle as the Manna in Exodus. It will only last for a day. We commit to walk with Jesus, but we tend to forget to make sure we follow him daily. These disciples followed Jesus, and about a simple conversation, they decided to go back to their past. It is easy to say that we walk with Jesus, but it is different to be found at his side. The disciples that left had all the right to proclaim they walked with Jesus, and was in his presence and even tell others about his teachings, the miracles he performed and maybe the personal encounters they had with him. This is all wonderful, and people will gather to listen to them tell the stories for many years. The question is, did they continue to walk with Jesus?

Peter responds on behalf of the twelve. “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68, NRSV) Peter realized that there is no one else to whom they can go. They could go home to tell their story. Many people will gather to listen to them as they tell stories about the miracles of Jesus. They even could add some of their own tales to that. The timing could be right to leave Jesus and go and start their own movement or church for our context. They had ample experience, and people got to know them as well. If they planned it well, they could start twelve churches at this moment, and the future looked bright. Peter spoke up and said, “Lord, to whom can we go?” Peter’s recognition of Jesus as His Lord is important to John as the author. Secondly, he makes it clear there is no one else to whom they can go. This is not because of their limitation or bondage in Jesus or lack of resources. Peter states why there is no one equal to Jesus. He has the words of eternal life.

It is easy to lose track of the reason we need to walk with Jesus in the power of the Spirit. It sometimes is to tell our own story or to gather the crowds. As the disciples of Jesus in these times, we tend to think it is about us. Peter says it is about our Lord, and we cannot go to anyone else because he has the words of eternal life. As the disciples, are we the voice and feet of this message so people can come to Jesus or come to us?

Peter adds the second part to his answer. “We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”(John 6:69, NRSV) Four things are essential here. Peter is speaking on behalf of the twelve. He is not speaking for himself but for them. Secondly, through the teachings of Jesus that even caused others to leave, they have believed. It shows that we need to be intentional in our teaching so that people can believe. It is not about just uttering words and claim that they are true; it is about what we teach and did people believe. Thirdly, they knew, it was embedded in them. With faith, they believed, but they also knew. They were not blind or functioning or faith alone; they cognitively understood. This teaches us that our theology must be clear and logical. It must be formulated in a way that people can follow and come to the point to believe and understand. Lastly, Peter states that they, as a group, “believe and know that Jesus is the Holy One of God.” This is a big claim. As others walked away and stated, it is not worth the time. The teachings from this Man is hard; they instead will go home. Peter says they are willing to go forward but more in-depth, as there is no equal.

Our teaching about Jesus needs to be upwards. Instruction must be God-centered to point people towards God for salvation. It should not be to point people towards the church, or the building, or the pulpit. It is even not about the preacher; it is about God. Teaching must be logical; it needs to make sense to people to believe in Jesus and to know Him personally. Jesus taught, and it divided the group, for some, it was hard for others it was acceptable. The aim is that people will gather with the twelve and proclaim that they believe and know that Jesus is the Holy One of God and continue to walk with Him.


Till next time


References

Scripture - New Revised Standard version

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