Staying or going

It’s only fitting to end this week of posts with the end of John 6.  Jesus’ dissertation on belief comes to a head with many of his followers, “This is difficult teaching, who can listen to it?” (v. 60) Jesus kept pressing in with his words on belief.  “There are some of you who do not believe” (v 64).  And at the end of this lengthy, meaty discussion in John 6 we see that many of his followers withdrew and were not walking with him anymore.  (v. 66) From this we get a good picture of lack of belief.  To not believe is to not walk with Jesus any more.

My favorite question of Jesus rounds out this teaching in John 6.  As many of his followers are walking away, he looks at his twelve “recruits” and says, “You do not want to go away also do you?”   Silence, the air grows thick, I’m sure some of the guys are considering it.  They are thinking how simple their lives were before they met Jesus.  But they knew deep down that walking with Jesus was the only way to experience real life.  One of the spokesmen for this little band speaks, “To whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” (v.68-69)  At the end of the day these guys believe and continue walking with Jesus.

Jesus doesn’t have to point blank as us the same question that he asked his disciples that day, it is implied.  We are answering it each day as we live out our life.  Are we walking with Jesus?

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