“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.” (NRSV)
Jesus had been teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum, his home base, according to some. It has not been going well. Jesus has been comparing himself to bread. In particular, he compared himself to the manna that kept the Israelites alive during their sojourn in the wilderness. It was a gift straight from the hand of God, and likewise is Jesus the “bread” that will sustain a body, giving life; nourishing hope.
But the imagery of eating Jesus, even to digest his words, put off some people. Jesus was losing ground in the popularity polls. Attendance was dwindling. It wasn’t pretty. And this is what brings us to today’s verses. Jesus sees all that and asks the original twelve if they also want to quit. But Simon Peter, in his blunt way, speaks for all of them by saying, “Where would we go? There is no one worth following but you. Your words really do give us life. In you we can really live.”
And that’s just it. In Jesus we can really live. There’s nobody that can do better. it might be hard to follow Jesus but it’s worth it in the long run.
Blessings to you,
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.