I’m reading through John at the moment, and today I hit these verses:
John 6:68-69 – “Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.'”
I love Peter’s words here. They’ve always struck me. “Where else have we to go? You alone have the words of eternal life”. Only Jesus saves. Only he can forgive our sins. We need to follow him because he is God and he alone saves. In the previous verses lots of people have just given up on following Jesus because they didn’t like his teaching. They were following him for the wrong reasons. Maybe it was because it was the cool thing to do. Maybe they did it because their friends were. Maybe they did it because of the good things they got from it. Maybe they did it for the moral lessons and out of genuine interest, but they didn’t put their faith in him. They didn’t trust that he alone saves and they weren’t looking at the eternal scheme of things.
“The Holy One of God”. I’m pretty sure this language means that God deliberately chose to send Jesus into the world. He is the one that the prophecies talked about. He is the one who would save us and bring us from death to life. He is the one who would take our sins and God’s punishment for them so we can be forgiven. Jesus is the only saviour. Where else have we to go?
Jesus is the messiah, our king, our saviour. Where else could we go? Sure it’ll be tough and sometimes (maybe even often) it won’t be enjoyable. But there’s nowhere else to go, no where better to be than following Jesus.
Why do you follow him?