67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
These words take place not too long after the feeding of the five thousand (John 6: 1-15) and Jesus walking on water (John 6:16-24), and in John 16:40, while Jesus is teaching, He proclaims: “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
After hearing Jesus’ teaching many disciples turned away, considering it hard to accept it. That’s when Jesus turns to the Twelve and ask the piercing question: “you do no want to leave too, do you?”.
Have you ever wondered in your faith? Are Jesus’ teachings too hard to accept it, or like Simon Peter, will conviction of our beliefs speak louder, even when we encounter mysteries in the Word of God?
May we continue to purse truth, even in the midst of our wondering, and like the Twelve, come to believe and to know that Jesus is the Holy One of God.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Identify anything that is making you weary or burdened and give it back to God. You might like to physically represent this by clinching your hands then opening them.