"To Whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." These words of Peter spoke the heart of the disciples of Jesus.
64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
(John 6:64-71, King James Version)
To Whom Shall We Go?
Was Jesus politically correct? How do we measure success in our churches today? Those thoughts went through my mind as I was reading today's Bible passage from John 6.
Political correctness was not an issue to our Lord Jesus Christ and it should not be an issue for our churches today either. Jesus was spiritually correct; that is the only thing that mattered then or now. Was He concerned when so many former disciples left? Not at all; He already knew their hearts. Even as they had followed Him, He knew that their hearts were not with Him.
What is the chief duty of churches today? Win souls, build large congregations, be popular in the community? No! The chief duty of churches today is to faithfully preach the Word of God, in season and out of season. It is God's Word which convicts an errant soul, and it is the Lord who turns hearts to Himself.
When you, as a Christian, look for a church to attend, the first and most important thing you should be concerned about is the preaching ministry. Is the Pastor faithful to the Word? Does He even preach from the Bible?
One of the reasons that I have such a great love for the Apostle Peter is due to His words in John 6:68. After many disciples had left, Jesus turned to the twelve disciples and asked, Will you also go away?
How did Peter reply?
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
No matter where God takes you, pray that you will respond as Peter. To whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life?
How would you answer Jesus' question?