October 28, 2020 – Wednesday
John 6:66-69 NIV
66 From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.
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.”
All of this occurring in the synagogue where perhaps hundreds of His followers deserted Him, no longer following Him. Pett notes that Now that they had learned that He was not to be the all-conquering leader who would deliver them from the Romans and give them glory, but was rather talking about suffering and approaching violent death at the hands of His own people, they no longer wanted to know. But Jesus was already aware of what was in their minds and hearts. He knew those whose faith was false. He knew the nature of the heart that would betray Him.
Then we have Jesus’ question for the twelve, You do not want to leave too, do you? Followed by Peter’s outstanding answer that resonates with believers yet today, 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. Peter’s reply highlights the twelve have come to recognize the incredible uniqueness of Jesus, thus the title you are the Holy One of God
Barnes Notes on the Bible brings Jesus’ question to the twelve to us 2,000 years later, “Will you, whom I have chosen, on whom I have bestowed the apostleship, and who have seen the evidence of my Messiahship, will you now also leave me?” This was the time to try them; and it is always a time to try real Christians when many professed disciples become cold and turn back; and then we may suppose Jesus addressing us, and saying, Will ye also go away! Observe here, it was submitted to their choice. God compels none to remain with him against their will, and the question in such trying times is submitted to every man whether he will or will not go away. (emphasis added). It can be so easy to follow Jesus when everyone seems to be doing so. But what happens when we see many turning away from Him as we observe today. Will we join them or stand firm as Peter is doing at this time?
As Barnes points out, it is always our choice as none are compelled to remain against their will. When our time comes, will we also stand firm? Will we hold tight onto our faith? Will we Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13). As always it is our choice.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Thank you that Jesus has made it so clear that the choice is always ours. Neither He nor You will force a choice upon us. The gift of your Son’s salvation for each of us is an incredible gift beyond our comprehensive. Yet the gift is always there in front of us. Help us to choose wisely. Amen.