Jesus went on to say, “I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.” From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” – John 6:65-69
“To whom shall we go?” As the disciple who never lacked for boldness, Peter blurted out his answer. But, it was not without due consideration or evidence. He had witnessed Jesus’ miracle of feeding over 5,000 people. He had listened to Jesus’ discourse on being the Bread of Life. He had watched as others grumbled and complained about the difficulty of Jesus’ teaching. None of this diminished Peter’s confession. Not even Jesus’ piercing question dissuaded him: “You do not want to leave too, do you?”
In spite of many challenges, Peter grasped the truth. Faith not only drew him to the truth concerning Jesus, it also revealed that there was no other choice. Without hesitation Peter followed Jesus, because Jesus had the words of eternal life.
I can relate to Peter’s struggle. There are many competing “truths” through which I have to sort. There are instances when uncertainty gets the better of me. There are just too many choices. So, do I follow Jesus? Do I put my confidence in the truth he provides? Or, do I look for another path to eternal life?
The devil and the world would have me believe all choices are the same. I could choose to follow my good intentions. I could choose to follow a spirituality of my own making. I could even choose to do nothing. However, I need to understand that life in heaven is not based on what the world offers, or what the devil suggests, or even what I think. It is all about what God has established.
Jesus was very clear: “No one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.” Consequently, if I choose to rely on something other than Jesus, I have made a worthless choice. Jesus is the only one who offers the truth that leads to heaven. It was his sinless life. It was his death as my substitute. It was his perfect obedience to his Father’s will. It was his victorious resurrection from the dead. This is where eternal life is found.
Peter came to realize there was no other choice regarding the way to heaven. I need to realize there is no other choice for me either. Only Jesus has and offers the words of eternal life.
Prayer: Oh blessed Savior, send me your Spirit, so that I can confess you as my Lord and Savior. Equip me so that I can make God-pleasing decisions. Strengthen me so that I can follow you through this life to eternal life. Amen.