“Then Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you also want to go away?’ But Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ ” John 6:67–69
Following the multiplying of the loaves and fishes Jesus had sought to impress upon those who followed him that as impressive as the signs and wonders he performed were the most significant thing he had to offer was a connection with him.
That’s the heart of yesterday’s passage about eating the flesh and drinking the blood of the Son of Man. More than our need to have God do things for us we need his presence living and working within us producing in us the works of Christ and giving us eternal life.
Jesus’ teaching on this topic was confusing and disturbing to many of those who followed him, and John chapter six verse sixty six tells us that, “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.”
Jesus heart must have nearly broken as he watched the number of those who followed him diminish so rapidly.
Turning to the twelve, his closest disciples and his most significant teaching investment, he asked, “Do you also want to go away?”
I think Jesus knew that the twelve weren’t going to leave him but he also knew that they needed to express their belief in him and their commitment to remain with him if they were going to maintain their faith as they faced the trials ahead.
Too many times we underestimate the importance of verbally confessing and bearing witness to the convictions we hold in our hearts. Revelation chapter twelve verse eleven tells us that when God’s faithful face the attacks of the devil and his desire to destroy them that they “overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Notice it wasn’t the cleansing power of Christ’s sacrifice alone that gave them the victory; their testimony was also an essential element in their ability to overcome the attacks of the enemy.
Jesus by his question to the twelve provoked from them a profound confession, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus will provide opportunities for you to share your witness today and in doing so to deepen your faith and strengthen your trust. Never forget your witness helps at least two people. You and the one you share it with.