John 6:66-68 NIV “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.“
I think this is one of the most beautiful verses in the Holy Scriptures because the response from Peter comes from his heart. And more importantly, Peter spoke those words for us too. They are emotional words, almost words of desperation that cry out from us to Jesus. I know a lot of us have been there, multiple times, when our hearts turn to our Lord.
I watched Vlog 35 – Bravery, Love, and Faith by Nabeel Qureshi last night as he continues his battle with stomach cancer. In this video Nabeel discusses this very passage and he relates it to real faith. If you haven’t watched Nabeel’s latest video I would encourage you to do so (click the link above) and don’t forget to lift Nabeel up in your prayers every day until he is healed or until our Lord takes him home.
I find it hard to get through one of Nabeel’s videos without tears welling up in my eyes. He is so real, so honest and He so loves our Lord. Nabeel is in a fight but in essence, we all are. We however think we have more time and of course Nabeel’s time appears to be cut short. But, in reality, time for all of us is running out and we have yet so much to learn.
I’ve been reading through the Old Testament again and I’m using the Amplified Bible this time. I marvel that each time we read God’s Word, new insights open up to our awareness. This time, for me, it has been about God’s nature, His Holiness, my sinfulness, and running into the Old Testament words that Jesus literally spoke and the sheer beauty of God’s revelation. I also marvel at the faith of so many of the Biblical characters such as Abraham, Joseph and Moses (literally all of them). God buried Moses and no one knows where. I think I know part of the reason and there are probably a number but one of them is because Moses was special to God. Attention to detail is so important. Moses made a number of mistakes, he committed sins, but we all fail to comprehend the magnitude of our sins. When you take a good hard look at all that Moses endured, all that He witnessed, all that he conveyed to Israel, you can’t help but be impressed. Moses was indeed special. I have uttered a number of prayers, with tears, as of late, for not honouring God as I should, for not taking into consideration more fully the consequences of my sin, for not understanding more fully how Holy God is. I love God’s Word, how it draws us closer to Him.
Jesus said that those that had seen Him had seen the Father. The whole concept of God dwelling with us, in us. just explodes within the Old Testament. The world, Egypt, the journey in the wilderness, the tabernacle, the crossing of the Jorden, our walk in the Christian way, it’s amazing. And the bride of Christ, the church. God’s chosen nation – Israel – His wife. The blessings and the curses. God’s foreknowledge of what was to come and His end plan. The Golden or Scarlet Thread – The Messiah – Jesus the Christ. And I’m still in Deuteronomy! But I digress….
There are always those who throw doubt on God’s Word, who question or deny. And there are always pros and cons to many of the recorded events such as the Flood, the Exodus, Joseph and even Moses. But there is external evidence, and even more importantly, there is the internal witness of God’s Word, which we know is authentic. And it is that story, that revelation, that witness within God’s Word, starting at Genesis and continuing throughout that correlates with the words and deeds that Jesus said and did when He walked on this earth, that stamps the revelation as true. There is so much more to see than what meets the eye in the New Testament alone. Jesus is indeed the culmination of God’s revelation. All the individual revelations within the Bible lead to Jesus. And the finale, up to this point in time is the Resurrection. And it’s not over yet ! Sixty six books, 40 authors, one revelation, one story.
II Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The Holy Bible affects human beings so profoundly, because “all” the Bible is “God-breathed.” It’s more than a nice collection of moral principles. it’s more than a collection of stories, it’s more than a great book; it’s an inspired revelation, God’s revelation.
“To Whom Shall We Go” is indeed the question and there only is one answer.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!