You’re in a stadium filled to capacity. It’s packed.
Jesus is teaching centerstage.
You’re engrossed in his every word.
Everything he says is so good that you must capture it all in writing.
Jesus’ wisdom & knowledge & teaching is absolutely captivating.
He’s oddly brilliant. You’re totally persuaded.
But over your shoulder, you hear people begin complaining, “I don’t understand what the heck he’s saying!“…”This is too much!“…”I just don’t get it!”…”Why am I even here?“…”This is foolish!!”
You’re appalled at their reaction.
In response, you hear Jesus ask them, “Does this offend you?”
Their answer: Without warning, they leave. They no longer want to be bothered with Jesus and his “foolish” talk.
Can you imagine it? This really happened!
Check out what Jesus says next in John 6:67 (MSG), “Then Jesus gave the Twelve their chance: ‘Do you also want to leave?'”
Dwell on that for a minute.
Jesus doesn’t argue. He doesn’t get upset. And he doesn’t go after the ones that left.
Here, Jesus teaches us a huge lesson:
There will always be someone leaving and not everyone who leaves your life is worth chasing!
Peter’s response to Jesus in verses 68-69 is so profound! He replies, “Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life. We’ve already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God.”
To whom would we go?
Not where. But to whom. Life is not about where you are but rather whose you are! I would rather stay with Jesus and have questions than walk away feeling I have the answers.
Today, be encouraged to stand and take the chance of staying in relationship with Jesus when others are leaving. Stand knowing that all things work together for the good of those who love God. Stand confident that Jesus is the Holy One of God. Stand committed. Stand strong.