John 6:60-71; 1 Chronicles 25-26; Zechariah 11
Jesus spoke some difficult words to those following Him. The crowds couldn’t understand and most left. “Then Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you also want to go away?’ But Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.'” (John 6:67-68) Peter was the spokesman for the gwelve disciples who were left. Perhaps they ahd murmured among themselves as Jesus taught about and proclaimed Himself the bread of life. As many left, they must have come to some kind of agreement that Peter blurted out when Jesus asked if they would leave also. They realized that there was no where else to go; no one else to turn to. Even though that teaching was difficult, they had been with Jesus long enough that they realized He was the teacher they needed to follow; that He alone could teach and lead them to eternal life. A d so it is today. We may get disckuraged with situations in life, with sickness and disease, or the rise of the wicked. We may be tempted to leave our faith commitment and follow some other path. While other paths may offer temporary help, none offer true hope. If we look at things with a clear mind we realize that there is no hope, no other way that leads to eternal life than following Jesus. And let’s be clear…eternal life is not in the sweet bye and bye…eternal life is that amazing quality of life we have in Jesus that begins the moment we first turn to Him. We may look around, but in the end we realize that there is no one else to whom we might turn because Jesus alone has the words of eternal life.
Father, there are times that I’m discouraged and wonder if it really is worth it to follow You. Thank You for Your patience, love, and grace during those times. Thank You that You gently remind me in love of how much You care for me.