Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go?
You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:67-68, NRSV)
So often we want Jesus to fit into our plans, to do what he does on our terms, to give what he gives for what we are willing to give up. If only Jesus would do it our way. Problem is, our way just doesn’t work. But thank God (and I mean that literally) that Jesus gives those/us who pursue him a chance to clear our heads, to sort things out, to ultimately get a handle on the bottom line … like he did with Peter.
We know that Peter did not fully understand all that Jesus was trying to teach, and we certainly know that Peter struggled at coming to terms with what real discipleship is. But amidst all Peter’s confusion, he could still grasp the foundational essence of what Jesus was offering, and he knew there was no better place in all the world for him to be than with Christ Jesus.
I think we are much like Peter. We hear what Jesus asks of us—as individuals, as a church congregation, as disciples—and we sometimes find it difficult … we may even sometimes take offense. But to whom else can we go? For his are the words of eternal life; Christ’s promise has no equal.
For, when Jesus asks us the question, “Do you also wish to go away?” … may we reply, “No way, Lord, we are going to stay right here with you.”
May you always have awareness of God’s blessing in your life … Pastor Bob