Scripture Reading: John 6:22-27,60-71
Let us start today with the instructive statement from St. Augustine of Hoppo: “The very limit of human blindness is to glory on being blind. ” St. Thomas Moore complements this thus, “The devil is ready to put out men’s eyes that are content willing to wax blind. ” This was the state of Jesus’ disciple as he spoke to them. Today, the Lord is asking us this all important question, “Will you also go away?” Will you abandon me as others have done? Why did these other disciples of Jesus stopped following him? They stopped following him because the Lord revealed to them the deeper things of the Spirit, but they were not ready to receive it, and so they stopped following. They said, “This is hard teaching. Who can listen to it?” The scripture said that, “The Lord knew from the very beginning who were the ones that would not believe and which one would betray him.” (John 6:64) Remember, this people searched for the Lord everywhere. And the bible said, “When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, “Teacher when did you get here?”(John 6:24-25) The Lord wasted no time telling them the truth.
For the scripture says, “Jesus answered, “I am telling you the truth; you are looking for me because you ate the bread and had all you wanted, not because you understood my miracles. (John 6:26) Again, Jesus said to them, “I am telling you the truth: if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you will not have life in yourselves.” (John 6:53). It was a very hard teaching and they could not accept it. Are we cannibals, they asked; so they walked away from the bread of life – Jesus Christ. Jesus, seeing them walk away on him, asked his disciples, “Will you also go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go to? You have the words that give eternal life. (Jn.6:68 GNB) Simon Peter’s answer was a clear indication that they, not only understand, but were also committed to the ministry of the Lord Jesus as the saviour of the world. Simon Peter and his companions would have gone too if they had wanted to. They decided to remain with Jesus because they had reached that spiritual conviction that Jesus is the Saviour of the world. Therefore, nothing in this life will separate them from this wonderful Saviour. When St. Paul reached this spiritual conviction in his spiritual journey he said, “But all those things that I might count as profit I now reckon as loss for Christ’s sake. Not only those things; I reckon everything as complete loss for the sake of what is so much more valuable, the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have thrown everything away; I consider it all as mere refuse, so that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 3:8).
True disciples of Jesus will stay with him no matter what comes their way in life! Beloved in Christ, today, the Holy Spirit asks us the same question, “Will you also go away”? Recall how many times you walked away from Jesus Christ even as he beckons on you to, please come. Whenever we fall into mortal sin, we voluntarily walk away from the loving, embrace of Jesus Christ. We deny his love and consider his cruel death on the cross unnecessary. Each time we treat our neighbour so badly, we walk away from his glorious gospel and seek abode in the darkness of sin and Satan. Whenever we misjudged or misinterpret some persons, even our Pastors, we transgress the love of God and walk into the dry desert where hunger and thirst abound. So, the focus is heaven. For there is nothing this world can give in exchange of the joy of heaven. The Holy Spirit brings you to today’s devotional to make your decision just like the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ did. They said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Let your hearts not be troubled, believe in the power and majesty of the one who called you and all shall be well.
- Meditate on today’s devotional, and then surrender all your life to the Lord.
- Ask forgiveness where your desires had run contrary to the Lord’s will.
- Pray a prayer of commitment to the Lord to always help you seek for the words that leads to eternal life.
- Thank God for Daily Strength devotional, the Daily Strength devotional Team, and pray for grace and strength to continually be upon this divine work of the LORD.
Exercise: Take out time to meditate on the word of God in John 6:68
Memory verse: Matt. 6:33