Is my commitment and loyalty to Jesus aligned with his commitment and loyalty to me? Today we see that Jesus is so committed to us that he will never reject or drive away any of us from him in this life or in eternity. He will be with us always. What about us?
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
63 The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”
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.”
John 6:35-37, 63-69
God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 (Deuteronomy 31:8)
Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
How committed are we? Unfortunately, we know that we are more fickle and less faithful than the God who gave his son for us. We cannot keep to New Year’s diets or exercise plans. We are often more committed to our social media accounts than to seeking God in the Bible or in prayer. This is a real struggle for each of us, isn’t it?
Notice that when Jesus was teaching his followers about being the bread of life and how Jesus is the fulfillment of every hunger and thirst of our souls, many of his disciples turned back. This is the discussion in which Jesus tells his followers that they must eat of his flesh and drink of his blood. What!? Okay, I’m done now. I dug the loaves and fishes and the healings were cool. This weird cannibalism stuff is too far, though; I’m tapping out.
Those who didn’t connect with Jesus’ metaphor, or who didn’t have the level of faith to truly commit to Jesus as he explained his identity, left him and no longer followed him. The teaching was too tough for them.
Peter and the Twelve Apostles were next. Jesus turned to them and asked, you leaving too? And then Peter asked a question which is the same question we should ask ourselves today in our search for truth and purpose and grace: Lord, to whom shall we go?
Where will we go if we stop following Jesus? To something or someone greater? To some place where there is more truth or more grace or a purpose greater than we have in Jesus? Who? Where?
To ourselves? Yes… that’s where we go. It boils down to teachings being too hard and how we would prefer to call our own shots and not be loyal and faithful to the one who purchased us on the cross. We go our way to our place, which is a place not very close to God, is it? It’s our kingdom and our jurisdiction. Who is on the throne there? Not Jesus. We are.
And so we must ask ourselves, which king should be on the throne of our lives today? Jesus. The king who will never leave us or forsake us and will keep us and be with us should be on our thrones.
Jesus has the words of eternal life. He is the Holy One of God.
We have a choice to make at every interaction with Jesus. Just like those followers on the dusty hillsides of Israel. Will we follow today? Will we commit today? Will we be faithful to God to match the loyalty and faithfulness he shows his children?
The answer is yes. Say it now, say it later, say it tomorrow, and the next day. Lord, to whom shall we go?
Only to Jesus… no turning back.