Pious Bob – To Whom Can We Go?


We hear this story in John 6:60-71, “Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’”

The crowds followed Him across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. When they found Him they asked Him what works they must do for God. Jesus told them that the work of God was to “believe in him whom he has sent (John 6:29).” 

They then asked Jesus what sign He was going to give them that they might see and believe in Him. They reminded Jesus of the sign from God to their ancestors: The manna that God had given them in the wilderness. “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

Jesus told them that He was the bread of life and that they must eat His flesh and drink His blood in order to have eternal life. The Jews had a hard time with this. Some of the disciples became uncomfortable and moved away from Jesus. 

Jesus asked the twelve disciples if they also wished to go away. That is when Peter said, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” The same question is ours today, “Lord, to whom can we go?”

I have been to many places in my life where I was not looking for the Lord. As a matter of fact, I have been stupid enough to think that I was hiding from Him. I acted like Judas who was betraying Jesus while at His side. Jesus knew exactly what Judas was doing and He knew what I was doing. 

His words ring in my ears; “Did I not choose you, the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil.” Thanks be to God, my prayers were answered and the Lord took the “Judas” out of me. It is my daily prayer and watch to look for him and keep him out of me.

As the scripture tells us, we cannot serve two masters. Our life here on Earth is about choosing our Master. Our Lord and God is waiting for us to make our choice. He loves us and it hurts Him when we betray Him. We cannot hide from Him. 

When we think we are hiding, we only deceive ourselves. Judas chose to whom he would go. His lesson was costly. Remember the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.”

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